VICTORY: IN Taipei edges out challenger Miaz to take the $15,000 1200m SCU Cup Raceday Saturday 11th May Class One Handicap in Lismore yesterday.
VICTORY: IN Taipei edges out challenger Miaz to take the $15,000 1200m SCU Cup Raceday Saturday 11th May Class One Handicap in Lismore yesterday. Doug Eaton

Trainer’s been there, Dunn that yet again

MATTHEW Dunn enhanced his reputation as one of the region's trainers to watch, with more success at Lismore's latest race day.

Dunn's charge In Taipei underlined its promise by taking the $15,000 1200m SCU Cup Raceday Saturday 11th May Class One Handicap at yesterday's meeting.

It was the latest notable win for Murwillumbah-based Dunn, whose handy 2013 year includes a win for charge Epic Terra in the Iris Nielsen Cup at Ballina in January.

Dunn was absent yesterday but foreman Stuart Jones said the canny trainer seemed to have the midas touch.

"He likes to do different things with his horses," he said.

"He likes to mix things up and few different things.

"He puts his horses in the right races and everything falls into place.

"It's great to see him doing so well."

It was an impressive victory for the four-year-old bay gelding, with jockey Glen Colless orchestrating an impressive late charge to victory.

Challengers Miaz and Prince Tamino were in good positions at the final bend but neither had an answer to the winner's late finish, which secured a second win in 12 outings.

The racer came back from a nine-month spell last month, but could only finish second last at Ipswich over 1200m.

"This just seemed to be a suitable race for him," Jones said.

"The spell was just about putting him out and watching him develop.

"I'm sure there's a bit of improvement left in him yet."

Grafton's John Shelton was also celebrating after Darshan Joh continued its great recent form with a thrilling win in the $15,000 1000m XXXX Gold Benchmark 60 Handicap.

The six-year-old bay gelding, which sneaked a photo finish from Yo Ferdinand, has now placed on each of its last six outings.

Shelton was delighted with the display of jockey Mitch Hayward, who took the horse to its 10th win in 48 outings.

"He got on the fence and away he went," he said. "It was a good ride.

"He has been a nice little money-spinner and a good honest horse for me.

"I think he has got a few more wins in him. He is sneaking up the grades.

Next FNC racing is at Ballina on April 19.



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