Sundees Son is the 2021 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Master.
The brilliant Kiwi trotter dominated in his homeland claiming all three ‘majors’ throughout the term, crushing his rivals in the ANZAC and Rowe Cups in the north at Alexandra Park, Auckland before his performance of the year effort in winning the Dominion during Cup week at Addington, Christchurch.
Prepared by Robert and Jenna Dunn and driven by John Dunn, the Majestic Son gelding has rightfully claimed the mantra of ‘best’ trotter in the southern hemisphere.
Back in 2019, Sundees Son claimed his first Trotting Masters crown.
And it means the Trotting Masters title is headed back across the ditch after Tornado Valley landed the big prize last year.
New Zealand trained trotters have dominated the APG Trotting Masters winning 15 of the 21 Trotting Masters series.
The six-leg series starts in Australia with the running of the What The Hill Great Southern Star at TABCORP Park, Melton and Tornado Valley proved triumphant defeating Magicool and Majestic Man in the heat/final 1720m mobile start feature.
Raced by Norm Jenkin, Andy and Kate Gath prepare Tornado Valley.
The Hygain Australian Trotting Grand Prix, again staged at Melton, was taken out by Kiwi raider Majestic Man who scored comfortably over Pink Galahs and Monaro Mia in the 2240m mobile start feature.
Prepared by astute horseman Phil Williamson, Phil’s son Brad drove the Majestic Son gelding.
The next three legs were staged in New Zealand and Sundees Son produced his magic by claiming the ANZAC Cup downing Bolt For Brilliance and Oscar Bonavena.
Sundees Son rated 1:57.9 for the 2200m mobile start feature.
The following week, Sundees Son again proved successful when defeating Bolt For Brilliance and Temporale in the 3200m stand start feature.
In November, Sundees Son produced his best effort with a head spinning romp over Mataderos and Bolt For Brilliance in the Dominion, the biggest event of the New Zealand trotting calendar.
Sundees Son obliterated the record with his powerful frontrunning display in a time of 3:56.6 – a mile rate of 1:58.9 for the 3200m stand start feature.
The series ended with the Inter Dominion Trotting Grand Final, staged at TABCORP Park, Menangle last week and Maori Law led throughout in the 3009m mobile start feature defeating Majestic Man and Just Believe.
Prepared by father/son combination of Richard and Emmett Brosnan, the Lawman gelding was handled by Greg Sugars.
Maori Law is raced by his breeder, Fred Crews.
With a tally of 300 points, Sundees Son denied Majestic Man (241), Bolt For Brilliance (160), Tornado Valley (103) and Maori Law (100).
Interestingly, Majestic Man was the only trotter that contested all six-legs of the APG Trotting Masters.
Congratulations to Team Dunn plus owner/breeders Colin and Nancy Hair.