WAGGA proved to be a happy stomping ground for New Zealand reinsman Dexter Dunn.
Dunn won the first three heats of the World Driving Championship at Wagga, and all were driven in different fashions.
His first was aboard Miss Ponder, who came from last to win at $40.
Dunn was originally down to drive the in-form Pental Cracker, but after its scratching went aboard Miss Ponder.
Coming off the back row the Paul Kahlefeldt-trained mare enjoyed the early speed battle to rattle home for a big 14.5-metre win.
The chance of fortunes could be just the spark he needed in the series.
“Sometimes it works like that and it is really typical of racing,” Dunn said.
“I was pretty lucky but she got a good run as well and finished off good.”
He then backed up his winning efforts with Stephen Maguire’s The Baggy Green ($3.10 fav), with the mare working around the field
Dunn was impressed with the in-foal mare as she approaches her new chapter.
“She is a good mare, had to do a little work but probably got round at the right time when then backed it off a little bit,” Dunn said.
“She was always travelling a winner down the back and the last lap she was just jogging so she went good.”
Dunn then took Shes A Jackson ($1.50 fav) to an all the way victory for Junee trainer Trevor White.
Shes A Jackson had to sustain plenty of pressure early, but still held on to defeat Hezbuyindiamonds ($10.90) by 1.2 metres.
On his first visit to Wagga, New Zealand’s leading reinsman was impressed with Wagga’s track.
“It’s a good track and I don’t mind it as I’m winning on it,” Dunn said.
“It’s got a good surface and the racing seems to be good.”
Wagga was the third stop on the World Driving Championship with further legs at Bathurst and Penrith in the coming days before the final at Menangle on Sunday.
Dunn said it’s been a great experience.
“It’s brilliant with a great bunch of guys,” Dunn said.
“I’m really enjoying it and don’t want it to be over.”
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