6 - Perfect Dare sprints clear of the field to win Heat 1 of the Country Championships at Grafton
6 - Perfect Dare sprints clear of the field to win Heat 1 of the Country Championships at Grafton Adam Hourigan Photography

From Grafton to Randwick, Dunn dares to go the distance

RACING: Northern Rivers Racing Association has its best chance of claiming a Country Championships final tomorrow, when Matthew Dunn's lightning-fast Perfect Dare lines up as favourite in the $388,000 feature at Royal Randwick.

The four-year-old gelding by Group 1 winner Fastnet Rock has shown a handy turn of foot since belting on to the racing scene in his maiden debut at Ipswich in 2015.

While he has not been on the track since storming home in the NRRA qualifier at Grafton in February, he cruised home in an open trial on the Gold Coast late last month continuing the strong run of form.

Dunn took a punt on him as a yearling at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales in 2015 when he negotiated to get him for the reserve price of $150,000. With more than $500,000 banked in prizemoney already, Dunn got the right end of the deal.

"You only have to look at his times to see how good he is," Dunn told G1X.

"He took two seconds off the course record at Grafton last start and in a jump out at home last week he trialled against five of my best and broke the track record on his ear."



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