Dunn’s galloper to set Guineas on Fire
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.