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Dun Warrior wins well at Kilmore.

Dun Warrior took the first steps in fulfilling his potential with victory at Kilmore on his fourth start.

The gelding, owned jointly by Phoenix Thoroughbreds and his training team of Price Kent Racing, displayed great promise in his first two runs before suffering from atrial fibrillation during his third outing. That setback was soon forgotten as the son of Arrowfield Stud’s Dundeel made every single yard for a comfortable success under an eye-catching ride from Patrick Moloney.

Drawn out wide, Moloney was keen to get his mount to the fence as the barriers opened. With several potential front-runners breaking on terms, he moved Dun Warrior into the lead before cutting across to the rail. Travelling strongly while setting some decent fractions, the pair looked in control, heading towards the turn for home. As the gelding’s main market rival dropped away under pressure, the eventual winner was still in cruise control. Extassy emerged as a danger to the long term leader at the top of the home straight, but as the pair set down to settle matters, Dun Warrior always seemed to have the situation in hand.