Weather playing havoc with Dunn youngsters

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The weather has played games with a lot of trainers over the last month or so and Matt Dunn is just one of many trying to battle the conditions to get horses to the races for new preparations.

He has a heap of two-year olds in the stables and had a handful down to trial at the Gold Coast on Tuesday, but of course they were called off because of the water on the track. This continues on from the trials being moved from Doomben to Deagon the week before and Murwillumbah trials being abandoned around the same time.

It’s never an easy time being a trainer but you can imagine how frustrating it would be for trainers at the moment. Matt is a bloke who takes most of it in his stride and is just looking forward to getting the youngsters to the track when possible.

A couple of those horses are Congo and Caldetes who were pretty good from limited chances in their first preps. Caldetes is a horse some mates and I have a small share in. He is a promising type but with the work he has missed he has a task ahead first up (most likely this Saturday). In saying that I am sure he will win races this prep, and hopefully he can notch a win shortly. Congo is rated by Matt as being close to the best in the stable, but is another who has had trouble dodging the weather. He has been gelded and should also be another winning soon.

Qfighter went around in the Dalrello on Monday and Matt feels it’s a case of forgiven the horse as he simply didn’t handle the heavy surface. He looks as though he will head to the feature 2 year old Qtis-600 race at Rockhampton.

Beach Babe showed the Murwillumbah trainer enough in her couple of races to think she is pretty handy, but she has now gone for a break after a decent 2nd at the Gold Coast.

Unfortunately Hidden Jewel has struck an injury and will be off the scene for a while. She had a very good prep and Dunn found a bit of ‘black type’ for her owners along the way. If he can get her back to 100% in the future I’m sure she has another good win in her.

For more on Matt check out his website