White confident Dunatun can go one better than last start
DUNATUN was beaten 15-lengths on debut and took nine starts to run even a place but he’s always been highly regarded by his trainer Garry White who shoots for a double at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow.
Dunatun will be joined on the float from Hawkesbury to Rosehill by last year’s ATC South Pacific Stakes (1400m) winner Generalissimo.
Despite Dunatun’s inglorious start to his career, White has always held the handsome son of Snitzel in high regard.
“Baring his first-up run on the heavy track, his runs have all been good this preparation and he’s become consistent which is what he had to do,” White told Sportsman.
“As I’ve said before, he was probably badly placed early on in his career.
“At first half a dozen runs he was colt and wasn’t really trying so we gave him a decent spell and all the indications were to me that he’d come back a lot better and he’s shown in his form because his last three runs have been terrific.”
Those appearances include an easy and impressive two length win at Hawkesbury leading into his November 22 second to the boom galloper Baller on Kensington track giving the winner some 4.5kg.
“Dunatun has been carrying big weights,” White explained.
“He’s had 60kg or over at his last three starts, I am sure he’ll appreciate 53.5kg this weekend and he’s got a decent barrier so it looks nice race for him actually.”
It is a case of ‘ditto that’ for Dunatun stablemate, Generalissimo, who drops 4.5kg from his sterling third at Rosehill on November 24 behind Napoleon Solo who was carrying 5.5kg less than White’s charge.
Generalissimo loomed up to win at the 200m but may not have seen out the 1500m, said White, one reason why he is back to the same trip (1400m) of his South Pacific win on Queen Elizabeth Stakes day in 2017.
“I think he’s just needed racing,” White said. “He has really gone forward since that run and this is the fittest I’ve had him in a long time.”
Generalissimo has drawn barrier 2 in the ATC Tipping Competition Handicap (1400m) and has Tim Clark in the saddle.
Generalissimo drops in weight when he lines up at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow.