Dexter Dunn notched up his second Jewels victory at Cambridge when guiding Franco Nelson to Group One glory in the $150,000 4YO Emerald.
It was Dunn’s second win in the 4YO Emerald in the same amount of years after taking out the race with superstar pacer, Christen Me, at Ashburton last year.
“He has unbelievable speed and it was a big effort because he was shoved four-wide down the back straight,” said driver Dexter Dunn.
“He’s got the all-round package as his manners are great too, especially for a stallion,” he added.
Dunn also thanked Franco Nelson’s owners, Clive, Rona, & Sharon McKay, for putting him on the stallion during his Northern sojourn.
“It’s great to win a big race for the McKay’s as they have put plenty of money into the industry over the years.”
Dunn wasn’t initially sure if he had won, as Major Star finished strongly along the inside.
“I didn’t want to get excited as I wasn’t too sure, so I waited until it came over the loud speaking before I got too carried away,” he laughed.
Mossdale Connor held on for third, while Norvic Nightowl, who was given every chance by driver James Stormont, rounded out the First4.
Franco Nelson, who paced the mile in a slick 1:53.17, will now head to the spelling paddock before starting his New Zealand Cup campaign.
“He is really good from a stand and the two miles won’t worry him,” said trainer Robert Dunn.
By Mitchell Robertson