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Dwayne Dunn delivers for Lindsay Park

Firehouse Rock

Firehouse Rock winning the Inglis Cup (Image: Darren McNamara)

Tom Dabernig said Dwayne Dunn’s ride on Firehouse Rock was perfect after the freshly gelded four-year-old took out the $250,000 Inglis Cup (2000m).

Completing a race-to-race double for the stable – and for the Dunn family, after Dwayne’s son Dylanwon on Afleet Esprit in race one – Dwayne was hailed for producing Firehouse Rock at the right time.

Firehouse Rock held on despite a protest from the third-placed Bondeiger’s jockey James Winks for alleged interference in the final 100m, but stewards ruled the final margin of a short neck (toGloryland) by a neck was too significant.

“He was gelded after his last preparation,” Dabernig said post-race.

“The key to him is you’ve got to hold him up and get him a little bit of cover, and produce him at the right time.

“It was a fantastic race to win, it’s a great incentive by Inglis and fantastic prizemoney.

“Dwayne Dunn rode a perfect race on that horse.”

WATCH: Firehouse Rock’s victory

And after Dylan used his three-kilogram claim to help Afleet Esprit over the line in the Pancare Foundation Plate (1100m) in the final bound, Dabernig said the similarities between father and son were clear.

“Dylan’s actually really improved, he’s really starting to get a feel for it,” the co-trainer said.

“He’s a little bit on the heavy side, with the three-kilo (claim) in town, he’s a good asset to the stable.

“I think he’s got a little bit of a similar style to his Dad. We’re originally South Australians so we remember Dwayne very well coming through the ranks, he’s always been a brilliant talent.

“The depth of jockeys in Melbourne are fantastic.”

The son of Fastnet Rock was bought for $450,000 at the 2013 Inglis sales, and Dabernig said he hoped Saturday’s win would boost the fortunes for one of Firehouse Rock’s connections.

“His run at Sandown he drew a bad gate, and he didn’t have a lot of luck,” Dabernig said.

“Last start, we put him in the perfect spot, but as I said if he’s ridden too close, he doesn’t finish the race off.

“A big thrill, and I know one of the owners who bred the horse has got a full brother going to the Easter sales so hopefully that’ll help him sell well.”

WATCH: Hear from Dunn after the race

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Posted September 26, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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