Twilight affair kicks off summer series of racing
LOCAL horseman Matt Dunn has surged to the front of the pack in Murwillumbah's Summer Series of Racing after scoring a trainer's double last Friday courtesy of Otto From Hamburg and Spanish Hurricane.
Another Matt, jockey Matthew McGuren, rode both thoroughbreds, completing a rider's double for his afternoon's efforts.
Friday's Christmas twilight affair was well supported, with about 1400 patrons, keen punters, and office party revellers making their way to the races for the last local meeting of this year.
The next two instalments in the series will take place on Tuesday, January 2 and Sunday, January 7.
A special $5000 purse will go to the most successful trainer over the course of the triple-header.
One of the main races of the day was the 1800m Murwillumbah Volleys Class 3 handicap. Favourite, Dazzle Us Again ($3.10), did just as his name suggested, putting in a gruelling staying performance.
Apprentice jockey Jackson Murphy refused to call it quits on him after battling with the lead pair from about the 800m post.
While Dazzle Us Again was three and four deep for most of the second part of the race, the better going was away from the rails.
Keeping his mount positioned on the outside part of the straight, Murphy was able to boot clear of multiple late challengers in the shades of the post.
He scored by one and a quarter lengths from Stellar Jewel ($10), with Wraith Of Odin ($7.50) another length and a half away.
Dazzle Us Again has won four times from 20 starts, and notched up five placings during the course of his career.
He is a nicely bred five-year-old whose pedigree boasts Vain, Secretariat, Danehill, plus Northern Dancer on both sides of his bloodline.
He is trained at Bundall by David Joice.
Friday's meeting was conducted on a heavy track, and Dazzle Us Again can now claim a perfect two from two record in the conditions.