It might have been a miserable old evening at Forbury Park but Dexter Dunn will remember it for a long time.
New Zealand's leading harness driver clocked up his 200th driving win of the season in the final race of the card two nights ago.
Dunn brought up his 200th on the Paul Kerr-trained Whozideawasthis - extricating the 3-year-old from an awkward position entering the home straight.
Fittingly, the win came in the colours of Dunn's father, Robert, after Kerr's son, Mitchell, had left the barn's colours behind in Christchurch.
''It was funny the way it worked out but I guess it was nice to do it in Dad's colours even though he didn't train it.''
But Dunn was more than happy to notch the milestone with the Kerr family.
''We've had a long association. I've been mates with Mitch for years and the Kerr family have been very good to me.''
Dunn was laid back and modest about the achievement and said the credit should got to the trainers and owners who put him on the rides.
''It probably was a relief to get there in the last race but once I got to 199 there wasn't really any pressure.''
Dunn was at his patient best as he eased Whozideawasthis wide and into the clear for a perfectly timed victory.
Thursday night's win continued an impressive run at Forbury Park for Whozideawasthis, after he notched his fifth consecutive victory on the track where he remains unbeaten.
It was the third time Dunn has broken through the 200 barrier. The leading driver the past six season premierships, Dunn has been the only driver to notch 200 winners in a season.
He recorded 204 wins in 2009 and then blitzed his own record with 220 in 2011.
Both efforts came as a junior driver. No 200 would have been a relief for Dunn.
The past two seasons he was left stranded on 199 season winners.
Before the Forbury meeting, Dunn had driven just one winner in his past three meetings.
The dry spell was almost unheard of for the star driver who is still in his early 20s.
He brought up win No 198 in race two at Forbury as he took Snow Boy to his first race win in 33 attempts for trainer Invercargill Steve Lock.
Another Lock runner, Blazing Bracelet, brought up win 199 for Dexter Dunn in race five.
Today Dunn travels to Australia to drive the Cran Dalgety-trained Katy Perry in the Tatlow Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings at Tabcorp Park in Melton.
- The Press
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