It has been a trying time for the stable. Plagued with a virus, one that has affected many of the Ashburton yards, Duncan took the brave decision to back off on all of his horses for a fortnight in order to set up his stall once again.
As Duncan admitted, owning racehorses is an expensive hobby and it was not a decision that he took lightly. When you tell your owners that their horses will be on the easy list for at least two weeks, not all are happy, he said.
However, running a horse when clearly there is a problem, can only lead to further problems and probably elevated veterinary bills.
But it was back to business as usual at Greyville on Sunday with Dawn Calling finally getting her act together and winning a strong Pinnacle Stakes to get the stable rolling. Good luck to Dave MacLean who has been patient with his filly and the win will boost her confidence. Sorceress dead-heated for second and the ever consistent and in the sixth race, the honest Baltic Amber ran another game race in second behind easy winner Francesco after looking to be a beaten horse 200 m out.