Dwayne Dunn will reunite with his longest priced winner in memory, My Kingdom Of Fife, in the Doomben Cup.
Dunn won the Group Three Doncaster Mile Prelude on the former English galloper at $151 when My Kingdom Of Fife made his Australian debut on April 9 is back on him in Saturday week’s feature after Nash Rawiller decided not to appeal a five-meeting suspension.
My Kingdom Of Fife is unbeaten in three Australian starts and Rawiller has ridden him at his past two in the Group One Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Group Two Hollindale Stakes.
Dunn said he was grateful to get another chance on the Kingmambo six-year-old.
“Obviously I would have liked to have stayed on him after winning on him the first time but the door has opened for me again so hopefully we can win the grand final,” Dunn said.
Dunn said My Kingdom Of Fife, who he rates as Caulfield and Melbourne Cup class, wasn’t a robust horse but had a great motor which belied his physique.
“There is not much of him,” Dunn said.
“He’s pretty light and sweats up a little bit but he goes really well.”
More immediate for Dunn is a book of six rides for Patinack Farm at Doomben on Saturday, including No Evidence Needed in the BTC Cup.
Dunn would pull off a victory of My Kingdom Of Fife proportions if No Evidence Needed, $201 with TAB Sportsbet, was to upset unbeaten champion sprinter Black Caviar in the Doomben feature.
Dunn said No Evidence Needed, freshened since her last start fifth to Aloha in the Group One Coolmore Classic on March 19, was highly talented but conceded she faced a monumental task of trying to inflict the first defeat on Black Caviar at weight-for-age.
“This race looks too tough for her but she’s got plenty of ability and deserves to win a Group One race,” Dunn said.
“She beat Response at Flemington one day so that is good enough form, but there are probably handicap races that suit her better than this race where she is running into a modern day champion.
“You would like to be the one to beat her (Black Caviar) but on the other hand you would also like to see her keep winning for racing.”
Dunn said No Evidence Needed tended to run her best races when ridden off the speed and he would adhere to those tactics on Saturday in the hope of getting a favourable result.
“She will be out the back somewhere as that seems to be her best pattern of racing,” Dunn said
“If she ran top four or five I think everyone would be pretty happy.”
Dunn said that he was forever on the lookout for racing carnival rides and he was hopeful that he could extend his association with Patinack Farm.
“We will see what happens on Saturday but it would be good to have two or three horses to take you through the carnival,” Dunn said.