Dunolly ready for Gunnedah assignment

BenMelhamoBMv6OK8vP1mSYDNEY – Cessnock trainer Todd Howlett watched Saturday’s Magic Millions program unfold at the Gold Coast with interest.

The trainer took particular note when Brett Partelle’s promising Torio’s Quest steamed home to victory in the Magic Millions Guineas.

The win has helped Howlett get a line on up-and-coming four-year-old Dunolly who resumes in the Prydes Easifeed Class 3 Hcp (1000m) at Gunnedah on Monday.

Dunolly trialled at Wyong on January 7 finishing 2-1/2 lengths third to Partelle’s charge on an unsuitable heavy track.

“The form around Dunolly’s trial certainly looks good now Torio’s Quest won at the Magic Millions,” Howlett said.

“I was happy with his trial.

“He wasn’t out to break any records, did what he had to.”

Dunolly was bred by the Howlett family and is the only racing foal out of the unraced Sir Cambridge mare, Just Pretend.

“After Dunolly, the mare was lent to some people to breed stock horses from,” Howlett said.

“Just Pretend was a bit of a barrier rogue. She trialled then when we took her to the races she went off in the gates.

“She was retired as a broodmare.

“There’s a lot of the mare in Dunolly. He’s got a bit of attitude too and like her, hates swimming. He just plays up in the pool.”

Raced by the trainer and his uncle Bruce Howlett, Dunolly came of age last preparation stringing together successive wins at Scone, Taree and Cessnock.

The gelding was then a solid second to Exact Timing at Taree on September 21 before being spelled after his eighth to Emporacat over 1350m at Wyong on October 10.

“He was over the top by then, had enough,” Howlett said.

“He probably had about eight weeks in the paddock, hasn’t changed much but if he can get back into the form he showed last campaign, hopefully he can continue to work through the grades.

“The biggest problem tomorrow is the 1000 metres, it might be a bit short for him but I’ve kept him fresh.

“He’s well, ready to go and drawn a good barrier (two).”

Apprentice Ben Moffat has the mount.