Sleepy Tripp has pleased trainer Robert Dunn in preparation
for the Green Mile on the grass at Methven tomorrow.
The 7yr-old gelding joins Major Mark, last year's runner-up,
and Ohoka Texas on the second line in the free-for-all.
Sleepy Tripp, with earnings of $741,169, recently joined the
Dunn stable at Woodend Beach where John Dunn, son of Robert,
has been working him.
''Johnny's very pleased with him,'' Robert Dunn said.
''He took him to the trials at Methven last Sunday and he did
None of Sleepy Tripp's 48 starts has been on grass. But the
former New Zealand Derby and Easter Cup winner is coming off
a strong second to Easy On The Eye
in a 2600m mobile free-for-all at Addington on New Zealand
''That was a super run. He went really well,'' Robert Dunn
said. John Dunn will have the drive.
Major Mark, driven by Blair Orange, is seeking his first win
since March, 2011.
Co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen said the 5yr-old was working
nicely. ''He's a bit of a heavy horse and we think he just
got away on us a little bit,'' Rasmussen said.
''But he's looking pretty good now. He's working well. I
think he'll like the grass. He's a good pacer, so it
shouldn't pose a problem at all.''
Ohoka Texas, trained by Mark Jones, and the Cran
Dalgety-trained Texican also feature in a strong field. Elmer
Hanover, trained by Brendon Hill at Kaiapoi, is seeking his
third win in six starts.
Course records for both pacing and trotting were set at
Methven last year. Ohoka Dallas clocked 1.56.5 in the pacers'
mile, and Clover Don set the trotting mark with 1.59.6.
Clover Don, trained by Murray Alfeld, is back for another
crack at the trotting mile, in a field that also includes
Springbank Sam, the Phil Williamson-trained 5yr-old who has
already won twice in three starts this campaign.
• I Can Doosit coasted to his 18th consecutive win, in the
Lyell Creek Stakes at Alexandra Park last night.
Mark Purdon settled I Can Doosit second-last in the six-horse
field, but the 7yr-old was always an ominous presence in the
2200m free-for-all. Purdon bided his time until the home
straight where I Can Doosit charged to the front, beating
Escapee by five and a-quarter lengths in 2.45.6.
I Can Doosit won the race last year and in 2010, when it was
run over 2700m.
Purdon had other big-race wins last night, with the filly
Adore Me in the Ladyship Stakes, and Smolda in the Franklin