After driving his 1st winner for the Dunn stable at the end of December, Oamaru reinsman Matty Williamson is now three from three after today's Wyndham meeting. He again combined with Winton mile winner Cullen's Mercy as well as 3yr old Mach Three gelding Return To Sender.
Return To Sender showed the benefits of a recent northern sojourn, dominating a handy C1 field in a great staying run after breezing throughout. "I was going to go forward early," reflected Willamson, "but there was a heap of speed inside so I bailed out." After heading towards the lead at the 1600m, it was clear this wasn't up for grabs, so a parked run was as good as it was going to get. After pressuring leader Better Buy It from the 600m, Return To Sender charged to the lead at the top of the straight before holding strongly from the late sweepers. Even more notable about this run was that the time of 2.55.1 was a new track record, having taken 0.6 seconds off the previous record set by his former stablemate Hurricane Bromac. "Yeah I knew we were running along," said Matty, "he's turned into quite a tough little bugger." This was the horse's third win from 19 starts for owner Ian Dobson and he has earned $49,625 in stakes after today's run. He looks sure to take further scalps at short notice as only a C2 assessed horse.
The second win for Williamson came with the Ray Reekie owned Cullen's Mercy who was back in the south running in another heat of the Southern Belle Speed Series. "She didn't have the speed of Clark's one (Still Laughin) early on, but I was able to get around and to the lead pretty easily," said Matty. "She was always travelling and to be honest she won a lot easier than what the margin suggests. She's going great guns." Cullen's Mercy paced the full trip in 1.55.2, home in 800m 56.2 and 400m 26.9. No doubt she will look to spend more time in the deep south over the next few months.
By Mike Drury (Courtesy of ROBERT DUNN RACING)