Dunn hopes to deliver first win for South African

Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn
Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn Adam Hourigan

MURWILLUMBAH trainer Matt Dunn hopes he can provide South African jockey Chris Taylor his first Australian winner when they combine with two runners at the Ballina Jockey Club TAB meeting today.

Taylor, who has only had a handful of rides since he began riding for Dunn in late January, will be out to 'bookend' Thursday's seven-race meeting.

He partners three-year-old filly Hollydeen in the opening race, the Maiden Plate (1300m) and the in-form mare Mia's Got Class in the the Divine Prophet@Aquis Farm Benchmark 65 (1400m).

Dunn also accepted with Mia's Got Class in a race at Ipswich on Friday but has elected to tackle the Ballina race.

"Mia's Got Class is progressing really well this prep and is improving with every run,” Dunn said.

"Ballina just looks the perfect race for her, so we decided to run there instead of Ipswich.”

The Rothesay mare is chasing her third successive win this campaign after posting victories in a Murwillumbah Benchmark 55 Hcp (1200m) on January 7 and a F&M Benchmark 65 Handicap over 1350m at Doomben on January 26.

Robbie Fradd has ridden her at each of her three runs this time in but was originally down to ride Lauderdale in Thursday's race, paving the way for Taylor to take over on Mia's Got Class.

Taylor has only had a handful of unplaced rides since he began riding for Dunn in late January, but gets two good winning opportunities at Ballina.

"Because of the type of visa he has, Chris can only ride for me at the moment,” Dunn said.

"He hasn't had a lot of opportunities so far, but he's a very well-credentialed rider who will eventually make it over here. And it would be nice to see him land his first winner for me at Ballina.”

Dunn said Mia's Got Class could be an outside chance of progressing towards the Country Championships qualifier at Grafton next month if she continues to hold her form, but he currently has several of his team ahead of her in the pecking order for that $150,000 race.