Roomy track to help Better Than Money

TRAINER: Robert Dunn
TRAINER: Robert Dunn

Trainer Robert Dunn believes his lone runner at Winton today - Better Than Money - will relish the Central Southland Raceway's roomy 1400m track.

''He's a very strong horse and if he can get to the front, he can stride along at a good clip,'' Dunn, of Christchurch, said yesterday.

''We're very pleased with the way he is going at present.''

Better Than Money won a junior drivers' race at Forbury Park on January 31 at his last start. The 5-year-old Bettor's Delight-Classic Ace gelding will be driven by Invercargill reinsman Tim Williams, formerly employed by Dunn.

The Canterbury horseman said he would have six horses campaigning at Southland meetings in the next three months.

''If Return To Sender goes good in the Sapling Stakes at Ashburton (tomorrow), we'll definitely target the Kindergarten with him,'' Dunn said.

The Group III $25,000 New Zealand Kindergarten Stakes is at Wyndham on February 23. Elios is one of Dunn's prospects for the Group II $40,000 Southern Supremacy Stakes at Ascot Park on April 21.

Handsome 4-year-old Ardghal will be hard to beat in the Masterlink Ltd Pace at Winton after posting two impressive wins at Ascot Park last month. He lines up against strong opposition, including Seabreeze Star, Fiery Del, Alta Capone and Awesome Prospect.

Seabreeze Star provided a highlight at Wyndham last Sunday when winning in Southland record time of 1min 54sec (one mile).

Fiery Del also won at the Wyndham meeting, while Canterbury mare Alta Capone is back in the south after winning at Ascot Park on January 17 and Omakau on January 2.

The Southland Times