Dunn’s gal­loper to set Guineas on Fire

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

TRAINER Matthew Dunn is telling pun­ters not to worry about the fact The Fire Trap has only run third, 11th and fifth head­ing into the $2m Magic Mil­lions 3YO Guineas (1400m) on the Gold Coast to­mor­row.

The Siz­zling three-yearold did enough be­hind Boom­sara last start for Dunn to know he’s ready to run up his best against the likes of Out­back Bar­bie, Bondi and last start vic­tor to­mor­row.

“He missed a week early in his prepa­ra­tion due to a sore foot so it put him be­hind by one run through­out his prepa­ra­tion,” Dunn said.

“His last start was the first time we saw him catch up this in and he ran a good race.

“From the 800m was strong and was good through the line.”

An im­por­tant change is also set to give The Fire Trap an ex­tra length or two of im­prove­ment as Hugh Bow­man gets back on him for the first time since they com­bined to beat Master Ash at Rose­hill last July.

“When Hugh rode him last time it was prob­a­bly his best win and he had a good opin­ion of him af­ter that win and it’s a good time for him to get back on him,” Dunn said.

“We’re con­fi­dent he’s ready to peak on Satur­day. He’s drawn the right gate (8) and the blink­ers go on for the first time. He gal­loped in them on Tues­day and worked well.

“He’s had a cou­ple of bad gates this prepa­ra­tion and we to ride him too far back. He’ll prob­a­bly come in to bar­rier five or six with a few scratch­ings so we can put him into a bet­ter spot from there.”

Dunn said pun­ters will un­der­stand why he bought him at the Gold Coast sales when he walks into the mount­ing yard to­mor­row.

“He’s in good shape. His strength is his best fea­ture. He’s a big, strong, tough horse which is why we bought him,” he said.

“He’s been com­pet­i­tive at a few dif­fer­ent types of tracks so I’m not wor­ried about the Gold Coast and if there’s a bit of rain that would be good too be­cause he gets through it.

“This was his tar­get race the whole way through, he’ll run Satur­day then have a lit­tle break be­fore com­ing back for the win­ter in Bris­bane.”

Dunn will also race Kimi (race 1), Real­ing (race 3), and Ready For Dan­ger in the $1m Magic Mil­lions Tro­phy (race 4) af­ter he won at Gold Coast on De­cem­ber 29.

“He his last start well. It was in a lesser grade than he meets on Satur­day but

still ran re­ally well last time,” Dunn said.

“It’s a $10m race day 35 min­utes up the road for us and we’ll be quite ac­tive at the sales this year.”

Trainer Matthew Dunn is con­fi­dent The Fire Trap will run well to­mor­row.

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