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21/02/02 Dunn and Dye In Form for Sunday's Gold Cup
1203dwaynedunn.jpg (12363 bytes)Australian jockeys Dwayne Dunn and Shane Dye have regained top form in preparation for Sunday's Group One The Hong Kong Gold Cup.

Both riders, who are firmly entrenched in the top ten on the jockey's table, rode winners at last night's meeting in Hong Kong.

Dunn, who grew up as a child on Kangaroo Island and started race riding at Ceduna, won the second race on the seven event card.

He rode home Mega-Fighter to win the Yiu Wa Handicap over 1650 metres. The galloper had a length and a half break at the finish.

Mega-Fighter, an Australian bred son of the ill-fated Marscay, is trained by former brilliant Sydney preparer John Size.

Later in the program Shane Dye also got into winning form when he guided Orlando Flyer to victory in the Sports Handicap, also over 1650 metres.

1203shanedye.jpg (11939 bytes)Orlando Flyer, an Australian bred son of Last Tycoon is trained by Lindsay Park's director David Hayes.

Hayes is currently in second place on the trainer's premiership behind former brilliant jockey Tony Cruz. Fellow Aussie John Size is in fifth place with 25 wins and his strike rate is by far the best of the resident trainers.

The race for top honours for trainers by rank of prize earnings sees Hayes on top with HK$31,279,725 as compared to Cruz's HK$24,346,170.

Riding honours at yesterday's meeting went to Felix Coetzee with a winning double. He is now just one win behind the leader Douglas Whyte. Weichong Marwing is in third place with 33 wins - one more than Shane Dye. Dwayne Dunn is in sixth place four behind Robbie Fradd (25 wins).

Other winners on the program were the Aussie bred gallopers Happy Life (by Desert Style), Viking Dancer (Danehill) and Classic Jester (Rory's Jester). The other two winners were by stallions who stand in Australia but were sired in the Northern Hemisphere. They remaining winners were Rising Index (Marju) and Noble Boy (Woodman).

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