ASTUTE horseman Aaron Dunn enjoyed a perfect trip to Ballarat last night.
Entering the meeting with two prospects, Dunn left with a pair of winners.
While he has registered numerous provincial doubles throughout the years, it has been the better part of two decades since Dunn notched a metropolitan double.
“I can’t think of the last time I had a double in metro races,” Dunn said. “At a guess I reckon it was around the 2003/04 season.
“It’s been a long time, and given I also own one of the winners, it was my biggest night for quite some time as it is the first time I have been the sole owner of a metro winner!”
Dunn opened the evening with a win behind Shady Azz, which enjoyed the perfect one-one trip before cruising to a three-and-a-half metre win from the pacemaker, Celestial Gossip.
After trailing the lead, The Big End Oftown was five metres away third in 1:55.9 over 2200 metres.
“He’s the kind of horse that if they run a solid tempo he can peel off the speed,” Dunn said. “He’s capable of winning a nice race if it’s run in quick time.
“I’ll aim him at the Tontine next and see he how goes after that.”
Dunn completed his perfect evening when Rollova captured a Mercury80 heat.
Also enjoying a one-one passage, Rollova was untroubled on his way to a five-metre win from Carlas Mach, with Arts Dash five metres away third.
“He’s a pretty consistent type, which still has a few wins in him before he reaches his mark,” Dunn said.
“With a bit of luck one of those wins will be in the Final.”