Dunkerron gives Alan his 200th Flat winner at Windsor
There was plenty to celebrate at Windsor last night when Dunkerron provided Alan with his 200th winner on the Flat when landing the two-year-old novice in impressive fashion.
“It’s a huge thrill to get the double-century on the level, and with our biggest ever Flat team this season, hopefully there will be plenty more to celebrate through the summer,” said a delighted Alan this morning.
Alan really enjoys his summers – he has never been a fan of the cold weather – and the big-race successes of the likes of Grumeti, who won the 2015 Cesarewitch and Primitivo, who gave him one of his biggest ever thrills in racing when landing the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot the following year, have prompted him to increase his numbers on the Flat these past couple of seasons.
Having shown plenty of promise on his debut at Goodwood, it came as no surprise when Dunkerron improved for the experience, but it was the style in which the youngster put the race to bed which took the eye, and he clearly relished the fast ground so he could be quite exciting.
Martin Harley rode Dunkerron, and, hopefully, he might ride another winner for us on Outtofthequestion at Salisbury today.
Outofthequestion, who carries the colours of the Barbury Lions, was only just pipped a neck over 10 furlongs at Yarmouth last time, but going back to a mile and a half will suit him and off a mark only a pound higher he ought to again be competitive.
Martin also rides newcomer David for us in the maiden on the Wiltshire course. This grey, home-bred by Philippa Cooper’s Normandie Stud, is closely related to Dolores, who was a Listed winner at Goodwood for the Coopers over a mile.
However, the mare went on to produce three talented stayers in Duncan, Samuel and Gretchen, so this mile and a half should suit David, who is a horse that Alan has always liked.
Finally, The Devils Drop, who had some useful form in novice company last season, has his first run since undergoing wind surgery in the maiden hurdle at Southwell. It might be the fastest ground he has encountered, but we hope that he’ll run well, too.