Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dexter Dunn it - first in NZ to drive or ride 200 winners in a season...

Teenager Dexter Dunn became the first New Zealand harness racing driver to achieve 200 wins in a season by winning the fifth race at Addington, Christchurch, on Friday night.

Dunn, 19, was left stranded on 199 wins at Cambridge, Waikato, Thursday night after two second placings, and it took him another four attempts last night before guiding hot favourite Smiling Shard to an easy win in a 1950-metre two-year-old pace.

Dunn became the most successful harness driver or thoroughbred jockey in New Zealand history on Tuesday when he overtook jockey Lisa Cropp's record of 197 wins in the 2004-05 season.

Dunn, in only his second full season of driving, won last year's premiership and on June 1 this year beat champion Maurice McKendry's New Zealand record of 161 wins in a season.

He had six wins on the Forbury, Dunedin, card last Tuesday. He'll be pretty good when he grows up?

Many teens his age are still hooning around the main streets of their towns on a Friday or Saturday night in their hotted up cars - not this young guy!

Acknowledgements: NZPA


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