No False Step for Dunn's unbeaten greyhound
Jason Dunn, who raced seven greyhounds at Ascot Park yesterday, worked several years for Australian thoroughbred trainer Bart Cummings.
Dunn, formerly of Sydney, began training greyhounds in 2000 and came to New Zealand in 2007. He lives and trains 20 greyhounds at Hawarden in North Canterbury.
His partner, Valerie Simpson, was a New Zealand jockey, who rode 11 winners in the early 1990s.
''I met her at Bart's,'' Dunn said.
His mother, Elizabeth, got him a job in Cummings's stable in 1997. Mrs Dunn was strapper of Cummings's champion galloper, Leilani, the 1975 Australian Horse of the Year.
Top horses with Cummings during Jason's time in the stable included Saintly (Melbourne Cup), Dane Ripper (Cox Plate) and Catalan Opening (Hong Kong Mile).
The one turn track at Ascot Park suited a lot of greyhounds, Dunn said.
''You can missed the start and still win.''
His unbeaten greyhound False Step notched his third win in the Mervyn Eade Memorial Rookie Run Final at Ascot Park yesterday.
False Step contests another maiden series final at Forbury Park on Tuesday. If successful, he will have won four maiden races.
A group of firemen own False Step, whose namesake won three New Zealand Trotting Cups.
''He wasn't going that hot for a start,'' Dunn said of his talented greyhound.
''After four weeks he started to improve and has kept improving.''
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