Day At The Track

Peach of a drive from Dexter

06:10 PM 31 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Sheemon - Aided by a super drive from Dexter Dunn to win the Group 1 National Trot
Sheemon - Aided by a super drive from Dexter Dunn to win the Group 1 National Trot

Harness racings pin up driver Dexter Dunn gets plenty of plaudits for his skills in the bike and after the Group 1 National Trot at Alexandra Park you can see why.

Drawing barrier one with perennial placegetter Sheemon in the 2700 metre mobile, Dexter had the misfortune to have his main race rival Stent drawn on his back on the second line.

Leading from the gate, Dexter kept a couple of early challenges at bay before handing up after 700 metres to the smart Love You mare Kincaslough which put Stent three back on the inner.

Kincaslough did the rest by staying in front and getting Sheemon and Dexter to the passing lane from where Sheemon slowly wore down Kincaslough close to home for a well deserved victory with the unlucky Stent flashing home for third.

Sheemon trotted the 2700 metres from the mobile in 3:21.8, a mile rate of 2:00.2 with closing sectionals of 58.2 and 28.2

It was win number fourteen from start forty six for the son of Monarchy from the former outstanding trotting mare Solar Fire.

Apart from winning fourteen races Sheemon has also been placed in twenty four of those forty six starts and todays victory took his earnings to $369,878.

Trainer Kevin Townley was quick to heap praise on Dexter post race.

" Dexter is such a big plus in races like this."

"You just know he is going to get a run like that," Kevin said.

Kevin thought drawing one helped Sheemon after a series of poor draws.

" It is a hell of a lot easier drawing one and not having to go around them for a change."

" He is such a wee tradesman and deserves a big race like today," Kevin said.

Sheemon is now about to get his passport stamped as Kevin prepares to take him to Australia for the Glenferrie Challenge and the Southern Star.

"I wouldn't say he would win one of the big ones  but he is right up with the very best and will more than pay his way."

"They will know he is there, thats for sure," Kevin said.

Sheemon has proven a thorn in the side of the elite trotters in New Zealand as he is so reliable and never goes a bad race and he is just the type to snare a big win in Australia if Keystone Del or Stent were to be unlucky.

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