CHAMPION driver Dexter Dunn has answered a call-up to drive last-start Group One winner My Field Marshal in Saturday night’s Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park.
The drives behind My Field Marshal and Australia’s best pacer Lennytheshark became available because of a date clash with the huge Empire Stallions Vicbred Final night meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton.
Anthony Butt and Chris Alford have strong commitments keeping them at Melton.
My Field Marshal’s trainer Tim Butt gave Dunn first refusal, but had a good back-up with Blair Orange already driving at the Albion Park meeting. He will be partner Delightful Memphis in the Queensland Oaks.
“Both have driven him before, but Dexter more often. I gave him first option and it’s great he said yes,” Butt said.
“Dexter will drive him this week and Ants (Anthony) will be back on for The Blacks A Fake the week after.”
In Lennytheshark’s case, it will be the first time since June 28, 2013 anyone other than Alford has driven him in a race.
That stems back to when former trainer John Justice drove Lennytheshark in a semi-final of the Vicbred 3YO series at Melton.
Alford has taken the reins in all 41 starts since, for a smorgasbord of feature races wins.
“I’ve got some thinking to do and some talks to have with Kevin (Riseley, owner),” Lennytheshark’s trainer David Aiken said. “There’s no rush. I’ll enter him without a driver and make the decision when we have to.”
Aiken often drives Lennytheshark in his trials and must be a chance to take the reins himself this week, but he declined to speculate.
“I’d rather talk with Kevin and weigh-up all our options,” Aiken said.
- HRNZ Media