Prolific sprinter Dyna Hunter has been an almost permanent fixture in Victoria’s lucrative country cups circuit over the past 12 months.
Dyna Hunter claimed the biggest win of his career in January when landing the Warragul Cup, while he finished runner-up at Ballarat, qualified for finals at Warrnambool and Healesville, was scratched at Geelong and also ventured interstate for the Maitland Cup.
Boasting an impressive 25 from 56 overall strike rate, Dyna Hunter will be striving to add another feature appearance to his resume in Sunday afternoon’s third Triple M Bendigo Cup heat (425m), to jump at 1.43pm.
“It takes a good dog to win one (country cup) so we’re very proud of him making half a dozen finals,” Pearcedale trainer Steve Collins said.
“He’s had a few problems so just to see him get into another one would be great.”
Dyna Hunter had a preparatory look at Bendigo at his most recent start and the son of 2014 Melbourne Cup hero Dyna Villa clocked a best of night 23.78s in a dominant front-running display.
“He’s going terrific. He’s telling me he’s ready to go,” Collins said.
“He had a little issue a few weeks back and I had to scratch him from Sandown but he’s won his next two starts.
“We took him to Bendigo last start for a look before the Cup heats and I was really happy with him.
“He can normally improve three to five lengths second-up at a track and watching the replay of his win at Bendigo he did get a little bit lost with the big sweeping bend so hopefully he can find a couple of lengths on Sunday.”
WATCH: Dyna Hunters first start at Bendigo from box seven.
Dyna Hunter has drawn box three in the third of seven heats and he’s the $2.10 TAB favourite, with the inside three runners cornering the market.
Rails runner Time To Talk, winner of 14 from 24, is at $3.30 and Charging Yaala, chasing a fourth straight victory, is a $4.80 chance from box two.
“He can be a little bit tardy out of the boxes; that’s his downfall,” Collins said.
“He just needs that room for two strides and then he’ll explode. He just needs to jump and we know what he can do when he jumps.
“I think 425m to 450m is his right distance. He has run fast time in town but he does it all early and the last 50m over 500m can find him out.”
Other key Bendigo Cup fancies include Orson Allen (heat 1), Jebrynah (heat 2), Crimson Vixen (heat 4), Curt Lee (heat 5) and Aston Kimetto (heat 6).