Jockey Jim Byrne the “go to” man for Gold Coast races

Trainer Matt Dunn hopes jockey Jim Byrne can stick with Perfect Dare at the Gold Coast.

No wonder trainer Matt Dunn will be keen to book Jim Byrne to ride Perfect Dare in a second crack at the Magic Millions Cup.

Byrne and Perfect Dare continued their great partnership when the gelding gave him the third leg of treble at the Gold Coast on Saturday after wins on on on Raido and Feltre.

Dunn is convinced Perfect Dare loves to be ridden by Byrne and statistics back that up.

Perfect Dare has won five times and four of those have been under Byrne who also rode him when he was a nose second in the 2017 Magic Millions Cup.

“Some horses go best for certain jockeys and Perfect Dare is one of those,” Dunn said.

Byrne will also be in demand from premier Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan after they combined for their 49th winner for 2017 with Raido.

Gollan said Raido had been on his last chance before he won the Benchmark 75 (900m) in the last stride.

“We freshened him up after he ran last at Ipswich two weeks ago and changed around some of his gear. On his best form he was going to be hard to beat,” Gollan said.

Raido was originally trained by Kris Lees at Newcastle and is raced by a syndicate headed by prominent Australian owner Joe O’Neill.

The gelding has now won six races and nearly $240, 000 prize money.

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