Matthew’s Dunn it again with four winners at Murwillumbah

Matthew Dunn.

Matthew Dunn is certainly no stranger to a winner or two, with the Murwillumbah conditioner preparing over 1000 winners during an illustrious decade of training on the Northern Rivers.

A Group and Listed winning trainer, Dunn has made his mark all over the country, and in May of 2020, he became one of a select few trainers to prepare five winners on a program when dominating a Murwillumbah race meeting.

On Tuesday, Dunn went close to achieving the same feat at Murwillumbah, this time preparing four winners on his home track. 

Regular hoop Matthew McGuren helped him to two winners, guiding Sagacious ($1.60) to victory in the 1550m Ballina Cup Prelude, while he won on Desert Mist ($1.40) in the 1550m Maiden Handicap. 

Three-kilogram claiming apprentice Courtney Bellamy helped Dorset Coast ($4.80) home to a strong win in the 1550m Benchmark 58 Handicap, and rounding out the quartet of winners, Ben Looker steered Centre Bounce ($6.50) to a tough win in the 1200m Class One Handicap. 

“It sure was a really good day,” Dunn said.

“We had about three or four favourites on the day, and we went there thinking we would have a good day and it worked out pretty good.”

While McGuren is generally Dunn’s go-to jockey, the Murwillumbah trainer was happy to share the wins around. 

“We mainly use Matthew; he is our number one jockey whenever we are in the Northern Rivers, and Courtney rode that one with 65kg, and she did a good job,” Dunn said. 

“Ben is our second string rider; that’s the way we roll using those two, and we will use kids when we need them.”

A bumper crowd was on course on Tuesday, with the Tweed River Jockey Club dishing up an entertaining seven-race-program, and Dunn believes the club did a great job having the track ready to race after the recent dry spell. 

“It was a good crowd. I don’t know what the numbers were like, but they were lined up on the street past our place,” Dunn said. 

“It was as big a crowd I’ve seen there besides Melbourne Cup and Murwillumbah Cup day, and the track was really good.

“The club did a good job; there was enough give, and it was probably between a (good) four or three, and it played very fair; you could win from mid-back or out in front.”

With Dunn recently parting ways with his Sydney stables, it is expected that his team will be very active on the country circuit in the coming months, with the Murwillumbah yard now eligible to nominate horses in Highway Handicaps, the Country Championships, The Kosciuszko, along with other country-only races. 

First and foremost, Dunn will turn his attention to the rich Magic Millions meetings in January. 

“Obviously the Magic Millions is coming up and we have a few horses going to those two meetings on the 7thand 14th of January,” Dunn said. 

“Then we will kick on to carnivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and other meetings throughout the state.”

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