BRC Sires’ Produce: Trainer Matt Dunn gobsmacked by price of last-start winner Subterranean

Bookies have shown Matt Dunn’s classy two-year-old Subterranean so little respect on Saturday that one of the owners rang the trainer to ask if there was anything wrong with the colt.

Subterranean is a $23 chance in Saturday’s Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes while a horse he narrowly beat in the Ken Russell Memorial Classic on the Gold Coast, Chris Waller’s colt Ranch Hand, is a $6.50 pop.

Murwillumbah trainer Dunn, who will be shooting for his first career Group 1 when Subterranean races in next month’s JJ Atkins, simply can’t believe the price on offer about his colt on Saturday.

“One of the owners looked at his price in the Sires’ and rang me up and asked me if there was something wrong with the horse,” Dunn said.

“I suppose our gate (barrier 10) is a bit awkward but the horse we beat last time (Ranch Hand) got a better run than us at the Gold Coast, we had to do it the hard way and come around them all.

“I thought my horse would maybe be around $10 in the Sires.”

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Saturday’s contest is a step up in class for Subterranean but it is also a step up in distance to 1400m and Dunn is certain that will suit his colt.

Right from when he made his racing debut on the Sunshine Coast in November last year, Dunn has thought Subterranean was an ideal JJ Atkins (1600m) horse.

Nothing has changed that opinion – the JJ Atkins on Stradbroke day remains his grand final – but Dunn thinks he is a live chance of picking up the $1 million Sires’ at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Nash Rawiller returns to scale on Subterranean after winning the Ken Russell Memorial Classic. Picture: Grant Peters/Trackside PhotographySource:Supplied

“The JJ is his grand final and that has been our thought the whole way through, he has got miler written all over him,” Dunn said.

“But this race is worth a million bucks and the idea is to get this horse’s Dad (Rebel Dane) off to a flying start as a stallion.

“Those who own Subterranean own a fair chunk of his father too.

“If this horse can end up being a Group 1 winner, it helps everyone.

“I must admit he can be hard to get any line on as he’s not a great worker, his trackwork is terrible, but he was the same going into last start.

“When you ask him he does it and he has got it there in his engine, but you have to really urge him and tell him it’s time to go.

“Nash Rawiller is the right jockey for him and he has stuck with him and been committed to him which is great for us.”

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The Eagle Farm track has received some positive reviews in its latest incarnation but Dunn feels the track could potentially be the fly in the ointment for his talented colt.

He says it is pure guesswork how hard the track will be on Saturday and how it will play.

“Eagle Farm is what scares me the most, how do you know with it?” Dunn said.

“It doesn’t matter if horses have been on it six months ago as it’s a different track every time you go there.

“Even if you have been on it and won on it, it doesn’t really make any difference.

“You just turn up guessing, it’s one of those tracks you either go on or you don’t.”

Originally published asTrainer gobsmacked by colt’s price in Sires’

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