Local horse trainer picks up maiden win on Derby Day

INSTANT WINNER: Jockey Minehiko Shimodaira rides Instantaneous (green and white) to a Derby Day triumph.
INSTANT WINNER: Jockey Minehiko Shimodaira rides Instantaneous (green and white) to a Derby Day triumph.

CRYNA’S Jeff Dunn has emerged as the second local to have trained a horse to victory on Derby Day at Aquis Beaudesert.

His five-year-old mare Instantaneous carried jockey Minehiko Shimodaira first past the post in race two on Saturday.

Mr Dunn, who grew up locally said he was thrilled to have picked up a win on his home track in front of family and friends.

“It’s a pretty big day of racing for Beaudesert,” he said.

“If I was ever going to train a winner, I’m glad it happened on the weekend.

“I’m stoked.”

It was Instantaneous’ second placing in as many weeks after she finished second at Gatton on October 26.

Making the feat more remarkable, is the fact that Mr Dunn has only had a licence to train horses for four weeks despite being involved in the sport for more than 15 years.

He said it was rewarding to record his first win as a trainer with a horse to which he had devoted so much time and effort.

“I broke her in and I’ve had her for a long time,” he said.

“I’ve been training her for three months – bringing her up slowly and ticking all of the boxes.”

He said working with horses was in his blood and his family members were great sources of knowledge and advice.

“My parents bred horses, so ever since I could walk I’ve always been around them,” he said.

“I’ve been lucky because my grandparents, parents and brother Matthew have all spent their lives around horses and they are great to bounce ideas off.”

Mr Dunn and his brother Matt have run the family business Beauview Park (formerly Palm a Day Stud) at Cryna for about five years.

Fore some time the Dunns were breaking in horses and pre-training for clients.

“We thought we’re offering everything but training, so Matt went and got his licence,” he said.

“He built his reputation up and we were getting more and more clients, so the clients horses would take priority and our own horses were getting less attention.

“So I got my own licence to focus on our own horses.”

Mr Dunn also works as a personal trainer at Snap Fitness at Beaudesert and he believes much of the knowledge he uses when training humans can be applied to horses as well.

“It gives me an edge,” he said.

“Horses and humans have similar anatomies, so I’ve been trying a few different things.

“Lots of trainers are set in their ways but there is many different ways to get a horse fit.

“I’ve been doing it my own way and trying to come up with some new ideas.”

The innovative trainer said race selection was another key factor to being successful on the track.

“Placing the horse in the right grade is important,” he said.

“Every time you send a horse out to race you should feel confident the horse is going to run well.”

With that in mind, Mr Dunn said he had decided Instantaneous’ next start would be the 1050m race at Beaudesert’s upcoming meeting on December 12.

In the future, he hopes to take horses into the higher grades and win some bigger races.

“It’s hard to be consistent in racing,” he said.

“I just want to be consistent and if my horses are fit enough they should run well.”