Dunn on song to avert crisis
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.