De­served tri­umph for Dyna Hunter

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - DISTRICT GOLF -

Favourite Dyna Hunter cel­e­brated a de­served coun­try cup tri­umph when en­hanc­ing his per­fect record from box eight in the group two War­ragul Cup fi­nal raced over 460 me­tres on Satur­day night.

It was a case of fourth time lucky in a pro­vin­cial fea­ture for Dyna Hunter and trainer Steve Collins, with the son of 2014 Mel­bourne Cup hero Dyna Villa hav­ing run sec­ond in the Bal­larat Cup and fourth in the Healesville Cup. He was also scratched from the Gee­long Gold Cup due to in­jury af­ter win­ning his heat.

Dyna Hunter qual­i­fied for the $47,000 to-the-win­ner War­ragul Cup af­ter run­ning sec­ond in his heat, when run down by fastest qual­i­fier El­e­vated in 25.48sec.

Drawn per­fectly in box eight, from where he boasted an un­blem­ished six from six record, Dyna Hunter started $3.40 favourite in a keen bet­ting af­fair, ahead of Or­son Allen ($4.40), Big Flood ($4.60) and his heat con­queror El­e­vated ($4.90).

Dyna Hunter came out run­ning to lead young­ster Je­bry­nah ($10.20) and Big Flood and forged clear turn­ing for home as he de­feated the brave Je­bry­nah, which was hav­ing just his 11th start, by 2.46 lengths in 25.54 sec­onds.

“Box eight is the per­fect draw for him be­cause he isn’t al­ways the best out of the boxes,” said Jake Collins, son of trainer Steve.

“The War­ragul Cup field, it was a close your eyes and cross your fingers kind of race.

“Be­fore the race, on form, boxes five, six and seven wanted to move to the fence and that is what hap­pened to make room for Dyna Hunter out wide.

“To win a coun­try cup af­ter be­ing beaten on the line in the Bal­larat Cup in De­cem­ber made this win that much more spe­cial.

“I am not sure where Dyna Hunter goes af­ter this War­ragul Cup win. That’s Dad’s depart­ment and will de­pend on how he pulls up af­ter tonight.”

Dyna Hunter has now 17 of his 36 starts, with great credit go­ing to the Collins fam­ily af­ter their new­ly­crowned War­ragul Cup vic­tor suf­fered a se­ri­ous shoul­der in­jury at just his sec­ond start, only one week short of one year ago.

“It was a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment from Mum and Dad, who worked hard with him af­ter his runs at Sale where he didn’t pull up too well,” Jake said.

Con­tin­ued page 47.

Above: Jake Collins col­lects the spoils with Dyna Hunter in Satur­day night’s War­ragul Cup.

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