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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dexter Dunn's Hat Trick; Tetrick''s Double; Jamieson Scores

The third stop of the WDC at Waga Waga could be named the Dexter Dunn leg as the New Zealand representative won the first three heats (6-8) tonight.  Along with three second place finishes, Dunn moved up in the standings.  Meanwhile, Tim Tetrick of the USA nailed down two victories in heats ten and eleven.  Jody Jamieson, representing Canada has finally scored his initial victory in the contest with a win in heat nine.

As a result, Dexter Dunn has moved to the top of the standings with with Tim Tetrick hanging tough in second place.  France's Tony Le Beller completes the top three in third place.

In sixth heat (race 2), ,Dexter Dunn brought Miss Ponder home in an 39.80-1 upset completing the 2,165 meter race in 2:41.5 (mile rate 2:00.1) with a winning margin of 14.5 meters.  For American's who hate the second tier, it should be noted the top three finishers in this race scored from the second tier.

In the seventh heat (race 3), Dexter Dunn won with the 3.10-1 co-favorite The Baggy Greeen after being three wide during the middle portion of the race before scoring in 2:41.7 (mile rate 2:00.2) for the 2,165 meter race.  Once again, the winner scored from the second tier.

Race 4 (heat eight) was a 1,755 meter race. and Dexter Dunn once again came in first with She's A Jackson in 2:08.9 (mile rate 1:58.2) scoring a 1/2 length victory as Hezbuyindiamonds came on late.  Tim Tertick attempted to challenge the race winner early and was competitive until the stretch when she folded and finished eighth.

Jody Jamieson scored his first victory in the ninth heat with Justasdangerous who was a 38.80-1 longshot.  The winning time for the 1,755 meters was 2:12.8 (mile rate of 2:01.8).  The second and third place finishers came from the second tier.   Jamieson had to fight off a two horse challenge at the start of the final lap, losing the lead at the top of the stretch but was able to fight back in a driving finish to win by half a neck..  

In heat 10, Tim Tetrick was heard from i winning the 1,755 meter race, driving Weliveinhope in 2:10.8 (1:59.9 mile rate) who was the 3-1 favorite after being challenged heading into the bell lap but was able to fight off the pressure.

Scoring from the second tier, Tetrick scored his second victory of  the night by taking heat 11 with Glenburn Addy who hit the wire for the 1,755 meter race in 2:12.0 (2:01) defeating another second tier horse Expensive Greeting (Dexter Dunn( by 6,7 meters.  Tetrick raced on the outside for the bell lap, three wide in the first turn, making move as he got the lead in the stretch to win handily.

The final race of the night (heat 12) was another 1,755 meter event and France's Tony Le Beller took home honors with Harlequin Bromac NZ in 2:10.9 (2:00.1), wiring the field to defeat Fake Art by 4 meters.

At the end of twelve heats, the standings are:

Point Score After 12 Heats
Dexter Dunn
Tim Tetrick
Tony Le Beller
Mika Forss
Chris Alford
Knud Monster
Jody Jamieson
Vidar Hop
Pierre Vercryusse
Guillermo Adrover

The WDC continues tomorrow at Bathurst for another four heats in the competition.  With Bathurst able to handle eight across, two horses will start from the second tier.

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