Dunn push­ing on with star

Waikato Times - - Racing -

‘‘I re­ally wanted to get him down in to the beach train­ing rou­tine.’’ Robert Dunn on Alta Mae­stro

Robert Dunn has sent star three­year-old Alta Mae­stro to the south­ern arm of his stable as he pushes on with the horse’s Sires Stakes Se­ries cam­paign.

He was an ex­pen­sive fail­ure for pun­ters in the first north­ern heat, at Cam­bridge last Thursday night, ul­ti­mately run­ning last in the six-horse field when a hot favourite. Sub­se­quent blood tests ex­plained the run and Dunn has had lit­tle cause for con­cern since.

‘‘It was ei­ther the end or be­gin­ning of a mi­nor virus but we treated him and he ap­pears to be get­ting over it. His blood work is im­prov­ing and we will check in again early next week.’’

Pukekohe-based Dunn had al­ways planned to head south to Wood­end Beach with the son of Art Ma­jor. ‘‘That was the plan; I re­ally wanted to get him down in to the beach train­ing rou­tine. He’s had a cou­ple of tie-up is­sues in the past and we wanted to get him set­tled as soon as pos­si­ble be­fore the fi­nal.’’

Alta Mae­stro is not yet qual­i­fied for the $170,000 fi­nal on Novem­ber 14, but Dunn will likely give him two more op­por­tu­ni­ties to do so.

‘‘The next heat is on the 20th and he should be right for that. Then there’s an­other one a fort­night after that, too.’’

Alta Mae­stro was joined by trot­ting mare Ya­gun­nakiss­me­ornot, who lined up at Ad­ding­ton last night.

‘‘She’s nom­i­nated for the Do­min­ion Hand­i­cap and if she’s going to get a start, we have to try and get her up the peck­ing or­der a bit.’’

She’s won an im­pres­sive 16 races, but they have all been at Alexandra Park.

‘‘Sur­pris­ingly, she’s never won left-handed. he seems to be trot­ting well that way at Pukekohe back home and I guess we will find out whether she’s as good on race night.’’

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