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The record-breaking reinsman notched up his 200th driving win of the season on Lord Roydon and the drive that got him there was Arctic-like.
While Dunn’s usual pin-point accuracy suggests he already has ice running through his veins, it would have chilled down even further as rain and wind swept across Forbury Park during the first race.
In turn, Dunn then set about driving Lord Roydon with coolness that was epic — even by his standards.
He had the trotter four back on the markers, with nowhere to go at the 400m, a seemingly hopeless position for anyone else.He guided Lord Roydon to the outside of the track and the question of when the champion reinsman would clock his 200th win was answered very quickly.
"It is good to get it done. I have had a good season," he said.
Dunn’s next milestone is his 2000th driving win in New Zealand, which he can accomplish this season but he will need to break another record to do it. If he can win 221 races this season he will get his career tally to 2000 and break his season record of 220 wins, set in 2011-12.
Dunn took another step towards that goal in winning race 2 last night with Time Traveller for West Melton trainer Jim Dalgety.
Yet the driver’s mind could not have been further from thinking about records. Instead he was mindful of the boost the win would give Dalgety.
"Jim had a stroke and he’s been in hospital for about six weeks to two months and he only just got out yesterday.
"So he watched the race at home and he would be pretty happy, I would say."
Jim’s son, Cran Dalgety, originally trained Time Traveller, but Jim took the horse over after he showed ordinary form for Cran.
"Cran was about finished with him, so he gave him to Jim and it has been the best thing for him," Dunn said.
"He was a bit weak last time. He would come out and go about 50m and stop."
Time Traveller returned to Cran’s stable temporarily while his father was hospitalised. The 3yr-old was far from weak last night as he ran away to win comfortably.
"He went really good. He sprinted really hard; it was very pleasing."
Only another reinsman on a record-breaking mission could stop Dunn’s early domination of last night’s programme.
Blair Orange continued to build on his best season in the sulky by registering wins in race 3 with Den’s Legacy and race 4 with Fatal Reunion.
The double took Orange’s season total to 171 wins. His previous best was last season with 123 wins. The win by Den’s Legacy was the 40th this season for brothers Ken and Tony Barron who train in partnership.
Normal transmission resumed later on the Forbury Park card when Dunn won race 8 with Audi Here, giving Michael House a training double.
Dunn took his tally to four wins last night by guiding the Graeme Anderson-trained Elusive Flight home first in race 11.
- Jonny Turner