Matt Dunn knows what a helping hand can do, so the Murwillumbah trainer has decided to donate half of his percentage from The Kosciuszko to drought relief.
Dunn has favourite Care To Think and Snitz targeted at the $1.3 million slot event at Randwick on October 14, and they both should get spots.
Drought pledge: Matthew Dunn will give half his training fee from the Kosciuszko to drought relief
His inspiration for the pledge is the memory of a flood that almost swept away his stable in 2017 and the community spirit and financial help that kept his spirits up.
“We went to the Country Championships meeting and when we came back the place was underwater,” Dunn said. “People just come around to help get the horses to higher ground and we got some money from Racing NSW and relief funds to do our repairs.
“You don’t understand how important that is until you are in the situation. It made a big difference in a very hard time.
“We just thought with what is happening how can we make a difference for some of the farmers, and this seems the best way because it is such a big event for country racing.”
The young trainer has developed an enviable reputation for bringing horses on the long trip to Sydney and winning. Care To Think, the best horse he has had, was made a $6 Kosciuszko favourite when the race was announced, and he will go into it first-up.
“He will have a trial about 10 days out," Dunn said. "He is a proper group 1 horse and I think someone should give him a slot. He has come back into the stable and it is the best I have ever seen him.
“The Kosciuszko is a great opportunity for him but we will look at group 1 races with him after it, and I think that is the type of horse it will take to win it.”
Snitz, a three-time winner in Brisbane, will have a barrier trial at Gold Coast on Tuesday and push his claims with a run later in the month.
Slot dreaming: Kosciuszko favourite Care To Think
“He ran fifth in the Country Championship to Victorem and that should be enough for someone to think he is good enough to take one of the slots,” Dunn said.
Meanwhile, Dunn continues on the path to Caulfield Cup and hopefully the Hong Kong International meeting with import Divine Unicorn at Moonee Valley on Saturday. He is already a group 3 winner at 2200m and started his spring campaign with a win at the Sunshine Coast.
“We are starting him off in a benchmark mile race,” Dunn said. “I thought about the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes but he gets into the other race well. The plan is to go to the Naturalism and hopefully qualify for the Caulfield Cup.
“He is owned in Hong Kong and dream has been to take him over there for International week and I think he is good enough.”
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