Dwayne Dunn Jockey Of The Month September 2016
Jockey Of The Month - Dwayne Dunn
On the basis of a year, it is early in the 2016 – 2017 Australian thoroughbred racing season, but Dwayne Dunn is the Jockey of the Month for September 2016.
We picked Dunn in recognition of his claim of the Scobie Breasley Medal for 2016. He edged four-time winner Craig Williams 63 votes to 58. Dunn’s name is atop a list that further down includes the names of Damien Oliver and Brad Rawiller.
Dunn is a jockey that gets around, to be sure. He is a world traveler with 15 Group 1 victories to his credit and he is generally regarded as a hoop that will bring your racer back to you in the same conditions as it was when given to him to ride.
Dwayne Dunn – BetsFree Jockey of the Month: September 2016
In days gone by, he was quite successful in Hong Kong, but returned to South Australia in 2004. Not long after, he was riding for trainer David Hayes, but he won his first Group 1 race, the Blue Diamond Stakes, riding his fellow South Australian, trainer Mark Kavanagh. He was riding Undoubtedly. Dunn would take possession of that race the next three years as well.
His first taste of success in the big metropolitan venues were the 2006 wins of the Caulfield Cup and the Metropolitan Handicap on Hayes’ Tawqeet.
He won 123 races in 2008 whilst riding in Melbourne.
Results such as those put him in high demand and in 2012 he found himself on board All Too Hard, one of the best of the 2009 crop. The pair took the Group 1 races, Caulfield Cup, C.F. Orr Stakes, All Aged Stakes and the Futurity Stakes. Another highlight of that year for Dunn was winning the 1200 m Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes on his local Morphettville racecourse. He also steered Niwot to the 2012 Sydney Cup, proving his ability to win sprints and staying races.
The 43-year-old veteran is currently ranked number two in Victoria for the young season, a combination of his number one ranking on the metro tracks and 17th ranking on the country courses. His Australian ranking places him fifth overall.
At the time of this writing, he has made 68 Victorian starts in the chase for the 2016 2017 Melbourne Jockeys Premiership and has won on 12 occasions, three more than Damien Oliver has. Dunn’s strike rate is 17.60 percent, fifth place overall, but that figure is misleading because all the jockeys ahead of him on percentage have made far fewer starts.
Dunn has just under $900,000 in winnings thus far, which is well beyond any of the jockeys who have a higher percentage.
If he continues throughout the season on his current pace, he would seem an almost prohibitive choice to take the premiership away from Craig Williams, the winner for last season.