Dunn still has hopes of Kosciuszko place

By: Mark Oberhardt Thursday 19 September 20

Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn has not given up hope the stable can have a runner in the Kosciuszko despite missing out in the original draft.

Dunn hopes his runners Snitz and La Scopa will show at Eagle Farm on Saturday that they should have been snapped up for the Kosciuszko and are ready if there are any withdrawals.

The $1.3 million Kosciuszko will have 14 runners at Randwick on October 19.

It is run along the lines of a sweepstakes with members of the public buying tickets in a draw and the 14 successful entrants getting to select a horse for the race.

Dunn's horses are eligible for the race because he is based in country NSW.

"We thought we would try something different this year and offer the choice of the stable," Dunn said.

"We thought rather than declare one horse six weeks out a slot holder could pick our stable and then wait until the week before for a final selection.

"In that way you avoid a horse breaking down or losing all form. We actually have nine horses, including La Scopa and Snitz, who would be ideal for the race.

"If there is an unfortunate late withdrawal we might get picked up."

Snitz will run in the Cascade Handicap (1200m) and La Scopa in the TAB Handicap (1200m).

"Both ran well at their last starts so I would them to be thereabouts on Saturday," Dunn said.

He has taken the blinkers off Snitz who drops in class.