Monnay's handicap win surprises trainer
Monnay, who won from a 70m handicap at Forbury Park last Thursday, is off 45m at Addington on Friday night.
Phil Williamson, Monnay's trainer, has wonderful achievements with trotters but he could not recall winning a race from such a long handicap. Monnay has won from 60m handicaps (twice) and off 50m at Forbury Park this winter.
The Monarchy-Our Nay Nay gelding has now won 11 races and $83,000 in stakes for Wyndham owners, Megan Irvine and Ivan Gutsell.
Wesley Silcox is proving a timely buy for clients of the Woodend Beach stake of Robert Dunn. He gave Dunn his 100th New Zealand training win for the season when successful at Ashburton on Sunday.
Dunn had a previous best tally of 90 wins last season.
Wesley Silcox was having his first start from the Dunn stable. The Courage Under Fire 3-year-old won twice at the Nelson meeting last month when trained by Brent White for Ross McCutcheon, of Temuka.
Stu Leadley, Kevin Schmack, and Graham Stoddart, all from mid-Canterbury then joined McCutcheon in the ownership.
Elios, winner of the New Zealand Messenger in May and $210,000 in stakes for the Dunn stable, was bought after a maiden win for White at Gore in October, 2012. Elios and stablemate Franco Nelson, winner of the Harness Jewels, have resumed work with Dunn.
Donegal's Guest (eight wins) and Crackaheiny (seven) have been sold to Australia.
The Dunn-trained Johnny Jet gave Christchurch owners, Ross and Angela Gordon, their third 2-year-old winner for the season when he led throughout 2200m (mobile) at Forbury Park on Thursday.
Dunn has prepared their other 2-year-old winners, Say My Name and Robbie Burns. John Dunn has been the winning driver. Say My Name has won a Sires' Stakes heat and Yearling Sales Graduate and another race at Addington. Robbie Burns won at Richmond.
Say My Name, who earned $87,000 in stakes, is back in work. He was spelled after the Harness Jewels. Robbie Burns is being spelled.
Johnny Jet, a $6000 purchase at the 2012 PGG Wrightson Auckland weanling sale, is by Jereme's Jet from Likely Franco, the dam of Pukpuk Power and Kuai Diam, winners in New Zealand and the United States.
The Gordons have been long time clients of the Dunn stable, racing Samuel James (10 wins), Huey Hewat (seven) and the The Fed Express (five).
"They deserve to get a good horse," John Dunn said.
Alannah Hall became the first 2-year-old trotter to win over 2400m from a standing start at Ashburton on Sunday.
She recorded 3.10.4. The records displayed by Harness Racing New Zealand for a 2-year-old trotters over that distance are 3.16 (colts and geldings) by Ironman in 1994 and 3.20 (fillies) by Flying Star in 1978 but these times were set in qualifying tests. The 2-year-old trotting filly, Constar, won over 2400m from the mobile gait at Winton in 3.04.3 in January, 2006.
Alannah Hall is a filly by Angus Hall from Regal Volo trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen for the Good Sports syndicate. She was bred by Brecon Bloodstock. She is the second foal of Regal Volo, who has left Twentyten, winner of four races.
Have Faith In Me, who won the race for 2-year-old pacers for Purdon and Rasmussen, is a brother to Adore Me, the star mare in the stable. A son of Bettor's Delight and Scuse Me, he was a $55,000 purchase by Purdon for Dennis and Mark Dunford at the 2013 Australasian Classic sale.
Scuse Me is also the dam of Megabucks (1.49.6 in America) and Imagine Me (nine wins). Purdon bred Scuse Me and trained her to win eight races and set a New Zealand mile record at Alexandra Park of 1.53.5 in 1998.
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