The White Hope close to a return

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One of the top trainers we catch up with often is Matthew Dunn who is based out Murwillumbah (about 30 min south of the Gold Coast). He is always known as one of the best strike rate trainers around and he is again having a good season. If my calculations are correct he has won or placed with 24 of his last 50 runners which is a very good training effort!

Matt has had a couple of good ones going around lately including Amalfi Dreams who he has turned around since she moved north from her old Melbourne stable. He has had the mare for 4 runs in which she has won twice and run 3rd in two Listed races. Last start was the 1200m Listed event where she was trapped 3 wide the whole race and still picked up late in a slow run race to get into the prizemoney. She has gone to the paddock at the moment but no doubt she will be back better again next prep and I’m sure the team will find some really nice races for her around that Listed level where possible. It is worth noting that Matt feels the 1400m will probably be her preferred trip but I’m sure we will learn more about her next time in work.


There is also a Bradbury’s Luck youngster who has been terrific in form for the stable – Vis A Tergo. She has had a couple of weeks off but will re-enter the stable this week and there are a series of races suitable for her kicking off in around a months’ time. She will start around the 1200m mark and work her way through a similar path as Hidden Jewel went down last year that may take in the Gold Coast bracelet etc, as long as she shows she is looking for that kind of trip. Matt said the filly had showed something the whole way through and I’m sure there are a lot of wins in store for a filly like her. The Tukiyo/Sookie form looks super and all lines up well for Vis A Tergo on her return.

“The White Hope will trial on the 5th at Deagon and have his first start back at the Gold Coast on the 16th. There is two races for him that day, a Listed over 1200m or a class 6 over 1200m. We may go the easy option but that hasn’t been decided.” Dunn said

He has become a crowd favourite The White Hope and I’m sure the following will only grow this time in work.

The set up down in Murwillumbah is great and as you can see if you click on the website on the right of the page it would be a great place to wake up each morning to work, no wonder he keeps knocking out the winners!