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    $100K CLUB: Kerryn Manning drives Glenavril King to victory at Melton on Saturday night. Picture: STUART McCORMICK, HARNESS RACING VICTORIA

Barry and Yvonne Dunn celebrate career-best win with Glenavril King

Horsham owners Barry and Yvonne Dunn on Saturday night celebrated the victory of their five-year-old gelding Glenavril King at Melton and subsequent admission into the $100K club with career earnings of $102,070.

Drawn gate six over the sprint trip of 1720 metres, driver Kerryn Manning held her position early then edged her charge into the running line before finding cover, one-out-one-back as the bell sounded.

Given his head at the 500-metre mark, Glenavril King shot clear turning for home and lasted to score by a half-neck from Assassinator – Scott Ewen – in the mile-rate of 1:54.7.

In April 2019, Glenavril King debuted in a three-year-old pace at Mildura and finished a respectable fifth place with Aaron Dunn in the sulky.

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A month and three starts later the combo saluted at Terang and that winter, the bay enjoyed a spell in the paddock.

A return to the home track saw success in November and a number of minor placings. After an unlucky second at Terang in mid-March, Barry decided to send Glenavril King to the Manning-Campbell camp and just a few weeks later at Stawell, was rewarded with the start of a red-hot streak of five wins and a second from six starts.

After another break, Glenavril King returned to racing in November 2020.

Towards the end of January a trio of confidence-boosting victories at Stawell, Maryborough and Melton led to another win at harness headquarters in March and then four starts later, on Saturday night to a career-best performance.

– Tony Logan

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