Image credit: Matthew Dunn Racing
By Glenn Davis
Trainer Matt Dunn believes the claim for apprentice Emily Atkinson tips the scales in favour of topweight Tilly’s Star in her clash with stablemate Cane Cutter at Ipswich on Wednesday.
Dunn will head north from his Murwillumbah base with only two runners – Tilly’s Star and Cane Cutter – who will clash in the Benchmark 62 Handicap over 1700 metres.
Tilly’s Star is chasing a hat-trick of wins after winning a 1400-metre Benchmark race at the Sunshine Coast on January 3 before stepping up to 1680 metres to win another Benchmark race at Ipswich on January 23.
Cane Cutter – a Luke Dittman mount – is having only his third run from a spell and is coming off a last start second to Fallow in a 1550-metre Benchmark race on a heavy track at Murwillumbah on January 31.
Atkinson’s three-kilogram claim gets Tilly’s Star in well at the weights with 56.5kgs as the four-year-old daughter of So You Think chases a fourth win from her past five starts.
She is making great inroads in her apprenticeship since she suffering severe concussion after a horse rolled on her which sidelined her for six weeks last year.
Last season, Atkinson was restricted to 29 wins and already this season she’s ridden 27 winners with her latest aboard the Dunn-trained Stuck With You at Grafton last Tuesday.