Giddy up for wedding and a win

Horse trainer Matthew Dunn.
Horse trainer Matthew Dunn.

WEDDING bells will provide the backdrop for Rosanov's tilt at tomorrow's feature the 1530m Imperial Hotel Cup at Murwillumbah.

Over the weekend the gelding's Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn married his partner in all things equine, Rosanov's trackwork rider Keira Calland.

They departed for their honeymoon today and as all good things come in sequences of three, they're confident Rosanov will salute the judge on Tuesday.

"He'll be hard to beat," Dunn told the Daily News on the eve of his nuptials, "and he'll improve as he goes through his races".

"He's working well from what I've seen and his recent trial up the coast has done him good - but he's a stayer so he probably needed another lap at the end of it," quips Dunn about Rosanov's recent 1000m official barrier trial at the Gold Coast.

"He's as fresh as he's going to be, coming back from a spell and being on his home track he'll appreciate it."

"He's come down from Brisbane from the stables of Brian Smith because the owners want to try him in the Northern Rivers, but he's done okay in his career so far, and he'll get better as he gets to racing around 2000m."

Rosanov has started 14 times for two wins over middle distances and has some handy Brisbane runs under his belt beyond 1600m.

"Ideally, I would have liked to start him off first-up over 1400m, but this works well and he's at home here."

Keira Calland adds that while he occasionally fires up a bit during track work, he generally has a good temperament and should settle well.

She is referring to Rosanov, to be clear, and the future husband and wife team remain in harmonious agreement that Daniel Griffin should get a cosy ride in Tuesday's cup race.

The Murwillumbah track is currently rated a dead four, which should suit Rosanov who has won on both good and slow tracks.

His main opposition will come in the form of Lismore-based topweight Hajjar prepared by Owen Glue and ridden by apprentice Cassandra Schmidt who claims 2kg.

Hajjar came home well to finish runner-up in the Kyogle Cup on his home track a week ago last Saturday and will appreciate the extra ground.

Another to watch out for is Be Afraid who has scored two of her three wins at Murwillumbah, formerly home turf for the mare.

She likes the track and appreciates it wet, so if there are any clouds on the horizon her odds will come tumbling down. She will be ridden by Ben Looker.

The Imperial Hotel Cup will be race six on Tuesday's seven race TAB card and is due at 4.10 pm.

Gates open at 11.30 am.

Topics:  horses murwillumbah

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