Lunn’s hold key to Collie Cup

Dar Lunn will again lead Zoutenant around before the running of the 2019 Gilgandra Collie Cup.

Dubbo Turf Club trainer’s Garry, Dar and Karen Lunn look to hold all of the aces in the Gilgandra Jockey Club’s Collie Cup on Saturday.
The $14,000 feature race has attracted good nominations with a strong 11-horse-field giving punters and racing fans plenty of choice in the 1280m event.
Dar Lunn Racing will again saddle up Zoutenant for the Collie Hotel feature race after they finished second in the 2018 edition. 
“I just hope he does one better than last year,” he laughed.
Lunn believes the seven-year-old is a real chance tomorrow.
“If he runs up to his work he is in it to his ears,” he said.
“He’s going good and has done everything right and I expect him to run a nice race.”
The Zizou gelding has been in a rich vein of form of late, boasting a win in the Carinda Race Club Cup in July and a strong second at Narromine Races last start.
Zoutanant is awkwardly drawn in gate nine but Lunn believes his entry can overcome this. 
“At least from the 1300m at Gilgandra, you have a straight run and a nice chance to get over,” he said. 
Clayton Gallagher will get on last year’s runner up for the first time after riding a nice winner for Lunn during the week. 
“He (Clayton Gallagher) rode a winner for me at Dubbo the other day and he listens, which is one good thing,” he said. 
“He is a good young jockey and will go well.”
Lunn isn’t letting bragging rights get in the way of his family success either and is backing the chances of brother Garry Lunn and sister in-law Karen Lunn, who train Percussion and Satan Da respectively. 
“Any one of the three of us could realistically win the race but the top weight is the one to beat,” he said
The top-weight that Lunn is referring to is Any Blinkin’ Day.
“He (Any Blinkin’ Day) is carrying 61kg but he draws the inside gate and has Greg Ryan on board.”
“He will go really well.”
The feature event jumps at 3.52pm and is supported by a typically strong seven-race-program, showcasing a variety of central districts and western districts trainers.