Matthew Dunn has completed the double on Magic Millions Day with 2023 Kosciuszko contender Derry Grove and five-time winner Boom Torque both winning their respective races.
Boom Torque was the first of three Murwillumbah-trained starters at the Gold Coast Turf Club's Magic Millions race meeting. He started the day off well for Matthew Dunn Racing with a strong run home to win the $1 million Racing Queensland Magic Millions QTIS Open (1300m).
Michael Dee piloted the Spirit of Boom gelding home with only 53kg on the back beating Black-type horses in Better Get Set (Steven O'Dea & Matthew Hoysted), Listed-place getter Chinny Boom (Clinton Taylor) and Group 1 winner Rothfire (Robert Heathcote). The win takes Boom Torque to five wins from six starts for Matthew Dunn and now earned close to $700,000 in prizemoney.
The second Murwillumbah-based runner, Viva Racing's Derry Grove, was first-up after finishing 9th in the 2023 edition of the Kosciuszko after winning three races in a row including two TAB Highway races at Royal Randwick. Derry Grove returned to this strong form by finishing late to beat Helluva Barty (Steven O'Dea & Matthew Hoysted) by 0.1L.
This also makes it five wins for the Star Turn gelding with close to $800,000 in prizemoney to his name. In a interview with Sky Thoroughbred Central's Bernedette Cooper after the race, Matthew Dunn commented that Derry Grove "didn't do it the easy way"
"We got a bit of pressure out of the gates; they were saying that you can't come from the back and win on this track, but he is evidence you can. He got back to second last, circled the field, and beat them convincingly" Dunn said.
Nash Rawiller was superb on Derry Grove. However, Dunn commented that jockey Brodie Loy was responsible for his work on the horse in the lead up to the Magic Millions.
After a lengthy delay due to a barrier incident in the $3 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, Far Too Easy ran strongly despite drawing two barriers in from the carpark coming 4th only 2.3L behind Ciaron Maher & David Eustace's Semana. The All Too Hard gelding retain its 104 benchmark rating after winning the Listed Lough Neagh in his previous start. This was his fifth 4th in his 20 career starts with 8 wins and 5 placings to his name, collecting over $1.35 million dollars.
Matthew Dunn Racing has brought 12 lots at this year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sales, 5 of which are in conjunction with Viva Racing.
Furthermore, Matthew Dunn continues his superb form with Belvedere Boys winning the Become A BRC Member CG&E Class 1 Handicap (1200m) at Doomben on Wednesday. This is the start of a massive 7 days for the Matthew Dunn Racing team with 25 nominations across 7 race meetings from Thursday until Tuesday.