White con­fi­dent Du­natun can go one bet­ter than last start

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

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.

Pic: Grant Guy

Gen­er­alis­simo drops in weight when he lines up at Rose­hill Gar­dens to­mor­row.

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