Dunn on song to avert cri­sis

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - LEO SCHLINK MEL­BOURNE

EX­CEP­TIONAL horses have a rare knack of avert­ing crises, spar­ing jockey’s blushes in the process.

Royal Sym­phony man­aged pre­cisely that with an ex­tra­or­di­nary vic­tory in an in­ter­fer­ence-marred Pin & Win Plate (1400m) yes­ter­day.

Badly pock­eted badly at the 400m mark, Dwayne Dunn coolly weaved through the field be­fore Royal Sym­phony tight­ened his grip on Caulfield Guineas favouritism with a stun­ning win.

Dunn, who has first-hand knowl­edge of Chau­tauqua’s blind­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion, shook his head in dis­be­lief af­ter over- haul­ing Eclair Sun­shine to score by a head.

Ju­bi­la­tion and re­lief were two fac­tors be­hind Dunn’s head-shak­ing, frus­tra­tion at the rough­house tac­tics of ri­val jockeys was an­other.

“He got smashed early and to his credit he put up with that,” Dunn said be­fore stew­ards ques­tioned Ben Mel­ham (Mighty Boss) and Re­gan Bayliss (Eclair Sun­shine).

“I just had to ride him for luck and when the luck came, he ac­cel­er­ated. Good horses get you out of trou­ble.

“On the cor­ner turn­ing in, I thought ‘I’m in trou­ble here, I’m fin­ished’. I ac­tu­ally was lucky I got onto the back of Phillip Stokes’ horse (Eclair Sun­shine) and sort of took him into the race. He got me into the clear oth­er­wise I was in a bit of pain.”

Watch­ing on anx­iously, trainer Tony McEvoy al­most re­signed him­self to de­feat.

“I threw the baby out with the bath wa­ter and ev­ery­thing at the 400 but Dwayne just kept him bal­anced and got him home,” McEvoy said.

CLASS: Dwayne Dunn eases Royal Sym­phony past Eclair Sun­shine at Flem­ing­ton yes­ter­day.

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