He started his racing career as an Autumn 2-year-old, finishing second at his second start, before heading for a spell. On returning, the now 3-year-old won 4 races on end before running second in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes over 2400m and then embarked on his globetrotting career. Dandino (GB) raced successfully in England, USA and Canada , with a Group 2 (Newmarket Jockey Club Stakes), a Group 3 (Kempton September Stakes) and a Listed win (Arlington Park American St. Leger Stakes) as well as a Group 1 second (Woodbine Canadian International Stakes) and a further eight Group and Listed placings. This was before he landed on Australian soil.
Dandino (GB) adapted beautifully to Australian conditions, running second in the Caulfield Cup (beaten 1.25 lengths) at his first start as a Spring Carnival visitor in 2013. He unfortunately sustained a suspensory ligament injury but returned to stay in September 2015. After a couple of meritorious runs in the Group 1 Underwood (beaten 2.85 lengths) and the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (beaten 0.95 length) and running second in the Group 3 Geelong Cup, Dandino (GB) retired on a high note by winning the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington in November 2015.
In his career, Dandino (GB) raced against some of the world's most successful middle-distance performers and his globetrotting success is testament to his professionalism and toughness. A recurrence of his suspensory injury forced the decision to retire him from racing after 37 starts, with 9 wins from 1800m to 2700m, 12 placings and nearly $2,000,000 in earnings. He is a stunning, correct type with a brilliant turn of foot.
His sire Dansili (GB) was a highly successful sire having Group 1 winners around the world. He is the sire of 21 Group 1 winners of 37 individual Group 1 races and can boast a 33% winners to runners strike rate in Group / Listed races. Dansili (GB) is now emerging as a force in the broodmare sire ranks, plus also as a sire of sires with many of his sons at stud in Great Britain, USA, Japan, Europe and New Zealand.
Dandino (GB) is the best of his three-time winning dam's progeny so far, however his half-sister has produced sprinting stakes placegetter and 2-year-old winner in France, No Education (GB), and 1200m winner at Ascot, Robero (GB).
Dandino’s (GB) first foals arrived on the ground in 2017. Strong types with great temperaments, just like their father. Some were even copies of the early foal pictures of their dad, so he is really stamping his progeny with his great looks and personality. His family possesses speed, versatility and a desirable pedigree. Depending on your mare, a sprinter, a miler or a stayer could be the next winner in your stable.
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Dandino BR News
Bombora Downs Excited About Season of FirstsMon, 25 Jun 2018
Bombora Downs has had a few firsts since last season, including the arrival of the first foals of Gr2 winner and Gr1 Caulfield Cup runner-up Dandino. The son of Dansili's progeny are correct, strong looking foals who have inherited their father's striking good looks and great attitude. Former Champion New Zealand 2YO Warhorse also saw the first of his yearlings offered for sale, with a top price of $97,500, another at $75,000 and the list goes on. Warhorse will have a few headed to the Ready to Run sales, so confidence is high that they will be early 2YO runners. Jungle Ruler also sired his first winner and Lago Delight keeps producing good, honest winners nearly every week. Bombora Downs is also excited about its new stallion recruit, De Gaulle. By world-class sire Exceed And Excel from the dual Group 1 winning mare Response (Charge Forward), the beautifully bred De Gaulle is a half-brother to this year's brilliant Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Estijaab. It's easy to see why the team at Bombora Downs are looking forward to the future. Bombora Downs' full roster for 2018 is:
- Warhorse - $7,700
- De Gaulle - $5,500
- Dandino - $5,500
- Jungle Ruler - $2,750
- Lago Delight - $2,750
Bombora Downs Announce 2018 FeesTue, 5 Jun 2018
Bombora Downs has announced its fees for its 2018 stallion roster. New to the roster is the beautifully bred De Gaulle, a half-brother to this year's brilliant Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Estijaab. By world-class sire Exceed And Excel from the dual Group 1 winning mare Response (Charge Forward), De Gaulle was injured before he could launch his racetrack career. De Gaulle joins a quality stallion line-up that also includes Group 1 winner and Champion New Zealand 2YO Warhorse, the internationally performed Group 2 winner Dandino, crowd favourite and iron horse sprinter Jungle Ruler, and the versatile Lago Delight. The full roster is:
- Warhorse - $7,700
- De Gaulle - $5,500
- Dandino - $5,500
- Jungle Ruler - $2,750
- Lago Delight - $2,750
Warhorse (image: Bombora Downs)
First Foals for DandinoWed, 30 Aug 2017
The arrival of the first foals of Dandino in the 2017 season has created excitement at Bombora Downs in Bittern, Victoria. Bombora Downs stud principal Christoph Bruechert breathed a sigh of relief after the safe arrival of the first of Dandino’s foals. “So far we have two foals by Dandino on the farm and if he is starting as he means to go on, then Dandino will exert great influence on his progeny. Both foals have a lot of their father about them and the colt from O’Marie is just a little version of his dad which can only be a good thing.” Dandino is a son of top-class European sire Dansili (Danehill) who, from 14 crops of racing age, has supplied 185 stakes performers with 71 Stakes winners. Dandino (Dansili-Generous Diana, by Generous) proved himself as one of the best 2400m horses of his time travelling to five different countries and running to an international rating of 115. His best performances included wins in the time-honoured Gr2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket and the Gr3 September Stakes at Kempton, as well as two Gr1 placings, including an amazing second in the Caulfield Cup. Dandino will stand the 2017 breeding season at a fee of $5,500 (inc. GST).
Perfect Fertility Rate For DandinoWed, 5 Oct 2016
With just on a month of the stud season behind us, stud masters standing freshman stallions have had the last fortnight to get some sort of assessment of their new horse's fertility. There is always a little bit of apprehension leading up to the first pregnancy tests and particularly when the horse in question has a good number of early bookings. And so it is with great satisfaction that Bombora Downs can announce that new stallion Dandino (Dansili-Generous Diana, by Generous) has tested six from six at this stage. "It's hard not to get carried away but he's clearly a very fertile horse and that makes our job that much easier" said Bombora Downs stud principal Christoph Bruechert. "Standing a word class performer like Dandino is a privilege but it comes with some pressures as well. Thus far Dandino is proving to be every bit as professional in his stud duties as he was as a racehorse on the world stage." Dandino proved himself as one of the best 2400m horses of his time travelling to five different countries and running to an international rating of 115. His best performances included wins in the time-honoured Gr2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket and the Gr3 September Stakes at Kempton, as well as two Gr1 placings, including an amazing second in the Caulfield Cup. Dandino is standing his debut season at a fee of $5000 + GST.
Dandino (image: Bombora Downs)
Ebor Handicap Winner Purchased For Melbourne CupThu, 29 Sep 2016
A major share in Ebor Handicap winner Heartbreak City (Lando-Moscow Nights, by Peintre Celebre) has been secured by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock with the view to running in the Melbourne Cup. The 6YO will remain in training with Irishman Tony Martin and is scheduled to enter quarantine and travel over on the second shipment with the primary objective of winning Australia's richest and most famous race. "He ticked all the boxes we look for in a horse and we are confident that he will run extremely well for us" said Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock managing director, Darren Dance. "Tony did such a good job of preparing the horse for the Ebor that we didn't hesitate in forming a new syndicate with the pre-existing ownership base and leaving Tony at the helm." Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock have raced in the world's greatest staying race in the past, having gone close with Jakkalberry and Dandino and under advisement from bloodstock agent Chris Blomeley identified similar traits in Heartbreak City. The French-bred Heartbreak City has won 6 of his 22 starts to date. He is currently 26-1 for the Melbourne Cup.
Dandino To Stand At Bombora DownsThu, 19 May 2016
Bombora Downs are thrilled to announce that the internationally performed racehorse Dandino will be standing at the Victorian stud on the Mornington Peninsula in 2016. Dandino proved himself as one of the best 2400m horses of his time travelling to five different countries and running to an international rating of 115. His highlight win came in the time honoured open age challenge, the Gr2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket on Guineas day but it was in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup under the tutelage of Marco Botti that Dandino exposed his brilliant turn of foot to Australian racing fans. Having drawn a wide barrier, jockey Craig Williams had no other choice but to settle back in the field, whilst the winner took advantage of a split in the field, Dandino went around the outside hitting the line at astonishing speed. Craig Williams said of Dandino: “Dandino had a great attitude and was one of the few horses that I have ridden that was able to accelerate from middle distance through to staying distances at the highest level.” Upon returning to England, Dandino failed to get the firm track conditions he required and eventually this preparation was ruined by injury. In a testament to his nature, after nearly a year out, Dandino returned to racing under Victoria’s master trainer Darren Weir to attempt to win one of the Cups in his final preparation. A huge run saw him finish just a length away from winning an Australian Group One in the VRC Turnbull Stakes over 2000m. Unfortunately with his time away from the track, the handicapper could not allocate Dandino enough weight to run in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, so the Gr3 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the final day of the carnival was his renewed target. He duly put the sword to a high class field. “Dandino has a terrific temperament and the turn of foot he showed was fantastic, something you rarely see in a horse with his stamina," said Darren Weir. Marco Botti shared Weir’s thoughts “Dandino was a delight to train – a real gentleman in every sense of the word, his class and adaptability enabled him to race with longevity on many different tracks with ease. I am sure he will stamp his young stock with quality.” Dandino is a son of one of the world’s great sires in Dansili, an emerging sire of sires through the deeds of Zoffany who was a Champion First Season Sire in 2015. Chris Blomeley of CB Bloodstock who brokered the deal said: “He is a very good looking horse. He is a beautiful dark brown colour, he is very correct and for a staying horse he looks a type that will have no problem having runners in the spring classics. I think if breeders see him they will book mares.” Christoph Breuchert stud master at Bombora Downs agreed with Chris and noted: “We feel the need to give breeders access to staying blood and felt from the moment we saw him Dandino is the right horse.” Dandino will be available to view by appointment as of next week. Dandino will be standing at $5000 + GST on 45 day positive, free return terms.
Dandino Wins Gr3 Queen's CupMon, 9 Nov 2015
At Flemington in Melbourne, 9YO UK-bred entire Dandino (Dansili-Generous Diana, by Generous) registered his first win in more than two years when scoring by 1.75-lengths for trainer Darren Weir in the $300,000 Gr3 Queen's Cup (2600m) for 3YO+, over Godolphin's 6YO UK-bred entire Secret Number (Raven's Pass-Mysterial, by Alleged) & 5YO NZ-bred gelding Don Doremo (Don Eduardo-Prangelica, by Prized). The Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock-owned Dandino took his record to 9 wins (including the Gr3 September Stakes at Kempton & the Listed American St Leger Stakes) and 12 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Cup) from 37 starts for $1,923,111 earnings.
Almoonqith Wins Gr3 Geelong CupThu, 22 Oct 2015
At Geelong in Victoria, 6YO US-bred entire Almoonqith (Dynaformer-Bohemian Lady, by Carson City) claimed his first stakes victory since arriving in Australia when scoring by 1.75-lengths for trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $300,000 Gr3 Geelong Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, over 9YO UK-bred entire Dandino (Dansili-Generous Diana, by Generous) & 5YO French-bred gelding Manndawi (Dalakhani-Mintly Fresh, by Rubiano). Almoonqith, who races in the famous blue and white epaulette silks of Shadwell Stud, took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy) and 4 placings from 21 starts for $487,601 earnings. Co-trainer David Hayes said he felt Almoonqith's performance warranted a start in the Melbourne Cup, although with a weight of just 52kg and languishing in 37th position in the order of entry, connections will be relying on a penalty from Racing Victoria Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter to make the field. "He looked like a Melbourne Cup horse in the run, didn't he?" Hayes told Racing.com. "If Mr Carpenter gives him the right penalty, yes he will go to the Cup. If he gets in the field, he'll go straight in [without another run]." He added: "This is a good guide in recent years, and he's hit form at the right time."
Cup Penalty For AmralahTue, 13 Oct 2015
Talented import Amralah (Teofilo-Sharp Mode, by Diesis) has been given a 2kg penalty for the Melbourne Cup following his impressive 3-length win in last Saturday's Gr2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield, reports AAP. The penalty lifts the 6YO Irish-bred entire's handicap to 53.5kg and places him 27th in the Melbourne Cup order of entry. "I thought his performance on Saturday was outstanding," Racing Victoria Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter said. "Two kilograms takes him to 53.5kg. It puts him at number 27 at the order of entry right at the minute, but I believe it's a weight where he can still be very competitive in the race." The last horse to win the Herbert Power-Melbourne Cup double was Rogan Josh in 1999. Amralah, who is owned by the father and son Macedon Lodge team of Lloyd and Nick Williams, is now a $16 chance with TAB for the Melbourne Cup. Japanese galloper Fame Game, who is set to make his Australian debut in Saturday's Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), is currently favourite for the Melbourne Cup at $7, ahead of local hope Preferment at $10, French-bred stayer Max Dynamite at $12, and Dandino at $14.
Amralah (image: Mark Gatt)
Fawkner Among 26 Memsie EntriesTue, 25 Aug 2015
Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner is among 26 horses nominated for the first Gr1 race of the season - the Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday, reports horseracing.com.au. Co-owner Nick Williams said Fawkner, who finished runner-up to Adelaide in last year's Cox Plate before a tenth place finish behind Protectionist in the Melbourne Cup, was in good shape leading into his first run of the spring. "He is really good," Williams said. "He is a horse that is very predictable in his work and Eddie Cassar, who has ridden him in almost every gallop since he was two, thinks that he is in as good a shape if not better shape than he was this time last year." He added: "We are exactly the same position as were last year, but this year we will kick him off in the Memsie. He will do his last piece of work on Tuesday and then we will lock it in stone, but the odds are that he will run in the Memsie and I think that he will run well." The weight-for-age Memsie has attracted a top quality field for its 2015 renewal, with the likes of Boban, Rising Romance Volkstok'n'barrell, Dandino, Set Square, Trevieres, Magicool and Hi World set to launch their spring campaigns in the $400,000 feature. Click here to view all nominations for Memsie Stakes day.
Weir Happy With Dandino RehabThu, 5 Feb 2015
Caulfield Cup runner-up Dandino (Dansili-Generous Diana, by Generous) continues to please trainer Darren Weir as he undergoes rehabilitation for an injury to his off foreleg that ruled him out of the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups last spring, reports racingnetwork.com.au. "The vets look at him regularly and they're happy with the way it is looking," Weir said. Weir said the UK-bred Dandino, which is raced by Darren Dance's Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, spends up to an hour on the treadmill but the majority of his rehab is simply walking. "He will have an ultrasound at week 24 to see what we do with him next; whether he has a month off before he's ready to start a program, whether he needs to do more rehab on the treadmill or whether he's ready to go to the beach to start work down there," Weir said. "Until you get into the crucial stage of the preparation when you start galloping that is when it really tests the injury out. Before we get to that stage we will make sure the leg has had every possible chance to strengthen up."
Caulfield Cup Final Field & BarriersWed, 15 Oct 2014
Outstanding racemare Lucia Valentina (Savabeel-Staryn Glenn, by Montjeu) has tightened her grip on favouritism for Saturday's $3 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield after last night's barrier draw at Crown casino. The Kris Lees-trained mare drew gate 12, but will jump from gate 10 if two of the emergencies drawn inside her - Renew (2) and Brambles (11) - come out of the race. The daughter of Savabeel, who is coming off a brilliant win in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes two weeks ago, is now a dominant $4.40 favourite with TAB ahead of Japanese stayers Bande ($8) and Admire Rakti ($10).
1. ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda- Zac Purton (8) 58kg
2. DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti- Craig Williams (22) 57kg
3. GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott- Chad Schofield (6) 57kg
4. SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott-Steven Arnold (21) 57kg
5. BANDE (IRE) Yoshito Yahagi-Christophe Lemaire (10) 56.5kg
6. THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse-Tommy Berry (19) 56.5kg
7. SEISMOS (IRE) Marco Botti-Craig Newitt (1) 56kg
8. HAWKSPUR Chris Waller-Damien Oliver (9) 55.5kg
9. JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller-Douglas Whyte (15) 55.5kg
10. MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller-Michael Rodd (7) 55kg
11. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller-Glen Boss (16) 55kg
12. DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners-Jim Cassidy (13) 54.5kg
13. STIPULATE (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Dwayne Dunn (5) 54kg
14. LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody-Luke Nolen (4) 53.5kg
15. LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees-Kerrin McEvoy (12) 53kg
16. RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan-James McDonald (17) 53kg
17. BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy-Corey Brown (20) 52kg
18. GRIS CARO (GB) Jake Stephens-Joao Moreira (3) 52kg
19e. BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody-Luke Nolen (11) 53.5kg
20e. ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney (18) 53kg
21e. UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes & Tom Dabernig (14) 52kg
22e. RENEW (IRE) Archie Alexander (2) 52kg
Melbourne Cup Favourite Allocated 56.5kgWed, 17 Sep 2014
Sydney Cup winner and current Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer has been allocated 56.5kg as Gai Waterhouse chases a second successive victory in Australia's most famous race after Fiorente's breakthrough win last year. "The Offer has been beaten just once over distances of 2200-metres or further in the past two years and was emphatic winning the Sydney Cup. He's paid a penalty with the weights being lifted and has been allocated 56.5kg – the same weight carried to victory by Jeune in 1994," said Racing Victoria's Executive General Manager of Racing, Greg Carpenter. Other notable contenders and their weights are:
- Dandino - 56.5kg
- Protectionist - 56.5kg
- Silent Achiever - 56.5kg
- Puissance de Lune - 56kg
- Seismos - 56kg
- Mutual Regard - 55kg
- Pale Mimosa - 55kg
- Puccini - 54.5kg
- Kirramosa - 53kg
- Lucia Valentina - 53kg
- La Amistad - 51.5kg
The Offer (image: Steve Hart)
Cups Back On Agenda For DandinoMon, 8 Sep 2014
Dandino (Dansili-Generous Diana, by Generous) could still run in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups after finishing fourth in the Gr3 September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday, reports Sky Sports. Earlier reports were that Dandino would not be participating at this year's Melbourne spring carnival, but owner Darren Dance of Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock appears to be reconsidering the horse's options. "It was a bit of a funny-run race. They walked early then it was a bit of a sprint down the straight, but we were happy enough. He ran on and finished fourth," Dance told racingnetwork.com.au. Dance said he would speak to trainer Marco Botti to discuss whether Dandino will travel to Australia with stable-mates Seismos and Guest of Honour in the first shipment of European horses. "Marco has a view that he's racing more like a two-miler at the moment," Dance said on Sunday. "We'll see how he pulls up and have a couple of days to think about whether we come for the Caulfield and Melbourne (Cups) or just the Melbourne. At this stage no decision has been made."
Caulfield Cup Highlight EntriesWed, 6 Aug 2014
The highlights among the nominations received for the Caulfield Cup include:
- Three Japanese-trained stayers Admire Rakti, Admire Flight and Bande have been nominated paving the way for the first Japanese runner since 2010 (Tokai Trick, 12th);
- Ballydoyle master Aidan O'Brien has nominated two horses, namely multiple Gr1-placed filly Venus de Milo and Irish Derby runner-up Kingfisher;
- Sir Michael Stoute has entered Gr2 winner and recent Gr2 Princess of Wales's Stakes runner-up Hillstar;
- UK trainer Marco Botti has 2013 runner-up Dandino and new stable acquisition, 2013 Melbourne Cup placegetter Mount Athos, among five stable entries;
- Recent Gr1 Coral-Eclipse winner Mukhadram has been entered as has the three placegetters from last month's Gr2 Princess of Wales's Stakes - Cavalryman, Hillstar and Pether's Moon – a race won in 2012 by Fiorente;
- Defending champion Fawkner is one of 12 nominations for Victorian trainer Robert Hickmott alongside 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon, Sea Moon and recent German acquisition Almandin.
American St Leger Then Australia For DandinoTue, 22 Jul 2014
Darren Dance, founder of Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, has confirmed that Dandino (Dansili-Generous Diana, by Generous) will bid to defend his title in the American St Leger at Arlington on 16 August before returning to Australia for another shot at the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in the spring, reports horseracing.com.au. "He is off to Arlington for the St Leger on the 16th of August and Marco [trainer Marco Botti] is saying that he is in good form and probably a little bit better than last season," explained Dance. "We just need a firm track to show everyone that this in the case." The 7YO son of Dansili made his Australian debut with a fast-finishing second behind Fawkner in last year's Caulfield Cup before a creditable fifth behind Fiorente in the Melbourne Cup. He then opened his 2014 campaign with an encouraging sixth behind Telescope in the Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes (2414m) at Royal Ascot but failed to beat a runner home when sixth to the Melbourne Cup-bound Cavalryman on a wet track in the Gr2 Princess Of Wales's Stakes (2414m) at Newmarket. Dance said that Dandino's disappointing run in the Princess Of Wales's Stakes could be put down to the ground after the Newmarket track was hit by heavy rain prior to the race. "Being a firm-track only horse we were reluctant after we had 27 mills of rain on the morning of the race, so he finished sixth without really getting through the ground." He added, "We were in a position where we had to run him because it was the only race that was available for him."
Dandino Set For Princess Of Wales's At NewmarketMon, 30 Jun 2014
Marco Botti wants dry weather when the Australian-owned Dandino (Dansili-Generous Diana, by Generous) has his second run of the season in the Gr2 Princess of Wales's Boylesports.com Stakes (12 furlongs) at Newmarket on 10 July, reports 1.skysports.com. The Newmarket trainer expects the 7YO to have come on for his first run since the Melbourne Cup in November when he was sixth to the impressive Telescope in the Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. "We were hoping he would run well and he had been working well," said Botti. "We thought he was ready for the race. It was a fast pace and maybe he just needed it. He had been off a long time since he ran in the Melbourne Cup." He added, "We expect him to improve for the run and we are aiming towards running him in the Princess of Wales's Stakes at the July meeting, if the ground permits. He wants fast ground."
Kelinni Set For UK Debut FridayThu, 8 May 2014
Australian Gr3 winner Kelinni (Refuse to Bend-Orinoco, by Darshaan) will make his European debut for Marco Botti in the Gr3 Ormonde Stakes (2789m) at Chester on Friday, reports racingnetwork.com.au. The former Chris Waller trained stayer was purchased late last year by Darren Dance's Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock and sent to Botti's stables in Newmarket. Dance plans to campaign Kelinni, winner of the 2012 Gr3 Lexus Stakes and fourth in the Melbourne Cup that same year, at this year's Melbourne Spring carnival. Following Chester, Dance said Kelinni would run in the Hardwicke Stakes and then possibly head to the American St Leger, a race Dance has won the past two years with Jakkalberry and Dandino, before heading back to Australia.
German Gr1 Winner Purchased For Spring Cups CampaignFri, 21 Feb 2014
A controlling interest in Seismos, winner of last August's Gr1 Grosser Preis von Bayern (12 furlongs), has been purchased by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock in a private deal negotiated by Chris Blomeley of McKeever Bloodstock. The exciting 6YO gelded son of Dalakhani has been bought with a view to contesting the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. He will compete for the first time in the distinctive fluorescent colours of Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock on Dubai World Cup night. Andreas Wohler will remain as his trainer for Dubai, but he will then transfer to the Newmarket yard of Marco Botti to be prepared for his Australian assignments. Botti has travelled Jakkalberry and Dandino to Australia with great success for ATB and will also aim former Chris Waller galloper, Kelinni, at the 2014 Melbourne Spring Carnival. Last year he trained Tac De Boistron to Group One victory in the Prix Royal Oak for the same connections. As well as his win in the Grosser Preis von Bayern, Seismos was twice Gr1 placed over the distance, including a narrow loss to Novellist (Monsun), his record-breaking stablemate, in the Grosser Preis von Baden.
Hong Kong International Day Takes Centre StageFri, 6 Dec 2013
Many of the finest racehorses from around the globe have gathered at Sha Tin Racecourse this week to compete for honours in the Longines Hong Kong International Races on Sunday, December 8. A star-studded international contingent including French darling Moonlight Cloud, Sky Lantern, The Fugue, Lord Kanaloa, Gordon Lord Byron, Cirrus Des Aigles, Dunaden, Mount Athos, Dandino, Seismos & Australian galloper Linton, will clash with top-class locals Military Attack, Gold Fun, Akeed Mofeed, Lucky Nine & Sterling City. The spectacular day's racing comprises four Gr1 events, namely the Longines Hong Kong Vase (Race 4), Longines Hong Kong Sprint (Race 5), Longines Hong Kong Mile (Race 7), and Longines Hong Kong Cup (Race 8). The fields and barrier draws can be viewed here at the Hong Kong Jockey Club website.