DANDINO (GB)(Dansili-Generous Diana, by Generous)
Bombora Downs, VIC. Fee: $5,500

Dandino Overview

Dandino (GB) 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 22 Group 1 winners of 37 individual Group 1 races and can boast a 15% winners to runners strike rate in Group / Listed races. Dansili (GB) is now emerging as a force in the broodmare sire ranks with 59 individual stakes winners of 117 races. He is also emerging 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. But the winners continue with his half-sister having 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 subsequent crops are no different. The Dandino’s have come back from the breakers with glowing reviews; great to handle, willing to learn and easy to deal with, just like dad. His first 2-year-olds have started their racetrack careers in readiness for spring campaigns. Much excitement to come.

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.

Dandino Pedigree

br. 1996
b. 1986
b. 1977
b. 1981
b. 1991
b. 1985
ch. 1984
ch. 1996
ch. 1988
b. 1980
b. 1981
b. 1986
b. 1974
b. 1975
All data courtesy Arion Pedigrees

Dandino Progeny

DANDINO 9 wins from 1800m to 2700m, £290,177, US$620,610, A$916,000, Newmarket Jockey Club S., Gr.2, VRC Queen's Cup, Gr.3, Kempton September S., Gr.3, Arlington Park American St Leger, L, Epsom Vincent O'Brien H., Royal Ascot King George V H., Doncaster Totepool a Better Way to Bet H., 2d MRC Caulfield Cup, Gr.1, Woodbine Canadian International S., Gr.1, Royal Ascot Hardwicke S., Gr.2, Newmarket Jockey Club S., Gr.2, Goodwood Gordon S., Gr.3, Glorious S., Gr.3, Geelong Cup, Gr.3, Goodwood Tapster S., L, Newmarket Fred Archer S., L, Arlington Park American St Leger, L, 3d Nottingham Further Flight S., L, 4th VRC Turnbull S., Gr.1, Epsom Coronation Cup, Gr.1, Kempton September S., Gr.3. He entered stud in Aust. in 2016. Sire of 18 progeny to race, 6 winners (33.0%), earnings of over $210,000, inc.

Savvy Dan (17g, Savabeel, Kingston Rule). Winner at 2200m in 2020-21, 2d WATC Schweppes H.

Adandiman (17c, O'Reilly, Lord Ballina). Winner at 1400m in 2020-21.

Quick 'n' Dandy (17f, More Than Ready, Dehere). Winner at 1600m in 2020-21.

Dancin' Dude (17f, Red Ransom, Rock of Gibraltar). Winner at 1600m in 2020-21.

Barrington Manor (17g, Xaar, Soviet Lad). Winner at 2050m in 2020-21.

Zoe Mae (17f, Lake Coniston, Keltrice). Winner at 1200m in 2021-22.

Tarantello (17f, Testa Rossa, Zabeel). Placed at 3 in 2020-21, 2d MRC Ladbrokes Switch P., 3d MVRC Ladbrokes Odds Boost P.

Shezadandi (17f, Rubiton, Twig Moss). Placed at 3 in 2020-21.

Dandy Classic (17f, O'Reilly, Classic Fame). Placed at 3 in 2020-21.

Bold as a Button (17g, Grandera, Snippets). Placed at 3 in 2020-21.

Dandino Acceptances

2021-12-09T00:00:00+13:00: 16:00, Race 6, Warrnambool RC Agricentre H. (1100m) $35,000; 4yo f Zoe Mae (Dandino-Bluetrice by Lake Coniston (IRE))

Dandino 1-2-3 Results

28/11/2021: Capino () 3yo g (Dandino-Capdelago by Helmet);
3rd Latrobe Valley RC Latrobe City Council Maiden P., $25,000 1430m, earning $2,000
17/11/2021: Adandiman () 4yo g (Dandino-Mumbeilly (NZ) by O'Reilly (NZ));
1st MRC Ladbrokes Switch H., $50,000 1400m, earning $27,500
08/11/2021: Zoe Mae () 4yo f (Dandino-Bluetrice by Lake Coniston (IRE));
3rd Moe RC Ladbrokes Cash in H., $25,000 1217m, earning $2,000
24/10/2021: Shezadandi () 4yo f (Dandino-Midnight Mist by Rubiton);
1st Sale TC Ladbrokes Bet Ticker Maiden P., $35,000 1400m, earning $19,250
17/10/2021: Dandy Classic () 4yo f (Dandino-Top Classic by O'Reilly (NZ));
3rd Horsham DRC Bet365 Maiden P., $35,000 1400m, earning $3,150
23/09/2021: Dunalley () 3yo f (Dandino-Street Blaze by Street Sense (USA));
2nd Cranbourne TC Hertz Cranbourne Maiden P., $35,000 1600m, earning $6,300
16/09/2021: Dancin' Dude () 4yo f (Dandino-Rockin' Ransom by Red Ransom (USA));
2nd Narromine TC Macquarie Valley Fuels P., $24,000 1600m, earning $4,440
22/08/2021: Dancin' Dude () 4yo f (Dandino-Rockin' Ransom by Red Ransom (USA));
3rd Tamworth JC Carlton Dry P., $24,000 2100m, earning $2,300
19/08/2021: Zoe Mae () 4yo f (Dandino-Bluetrice by Lake Coniston (IRE));
1st Warrnambool RC Midfield Group Maiden P., $35,000 1200m, earning $19,250
05/08/2021: Zoe Mae () 4yo f (Dandino-Bluetrice by Lake Coniston (IRE));
2nd Coleraine RC J&P Advanced Plastering Maiden P., $35,000 1000m, earning $6,300
19/07/2021: Dancin' Dude () 3yo f (Dandino-Rockin' Ransom by Red Ransom (USA));
2nd Narromine TC Keirles Pharmacy H., $24,000 2400m, earning $4,440
10/07/2021: Bold as a Button () 3yo g (Dandino-Ginera Grand by Grandera (IRE));
3rd Pakenham RC Natural Living TV Maiden P., $23,000 1400m, earning $1,840
23/06/2021: Barrington Manor () 3yo g (Dandino-Xaar Best by Xaar (GB));
1st Cranbourne TC Browns Sawdust & Shavings Maiden P., $35,000 2025m, earning $19,250
20/06/2021: Dancin' Dude () 3yo f (Dandino-Rockin' Ransom by Red Ransom (USA));
1st Coonamble JC Moe Jacobs Plumbing Maiden P., $30,000 1600m, earning $15,100
16/06/2021: Savvy Dan () 3yo g (Dandino-Savvy Kingstonette (NZ) by Savabeel);
2nd WATC Schweppes H., $25,000 2100m, earning $5,000
07/06/2021: Savvy Dan () 3yo g (Dandino-Savvy Kingstonette (NZ) by Savabeel);
1st Northam RC Grafton Electrics Maiden P., $19,200 2200m, earning $17,350
03/06/2021: Quick 'n' Dandy () 3yo f (Dandino-Quick Notice (USA) by More Than Ready (USA));
1st Wangaratta TC Dyson Bus Group Maiden P., $57,400 1590m, earning $41,650
13/05/2021: Savvy Dan () 3yo g (Dandino-Savvy Kingstonette (NZ) by Savabeel);
3rd Northam RC James Squire Maiden P., $20,000 1600m, earning $1,800
08/05/2021: Quick 'n' Dandy () 3yo f (Dandino-Quick Notice (USA) by More Than Ready (USA));
3rd Donald DRC Mallee Landscapes Maiden P., $23,000 1350m, earning $3,040
08/05/2021: Dancin' Dude () 3yo f (Dandino-Rockin' Ransom by Red Ransom (USA));
2nd Marthaguy PRC Coonamble Ag Spray Maiden P., $3,000 1100m, earning $600
16/02/2021: Dandy Classic () 3yo f (Dandino-Top Classic by O'Reilly (NZ));
3rd Swan Hill JC Bet365 Top Tote Plus Maiden P., $35,000 1300m, earning $3,150
24/01/2021: Adandiman () 3yo c (Dandino-Mumbeilly (NZ) by O'Reilly (NZ));
1st Geelong RC Cheironhc.com.au Maiden P., $35,000 1400m, earning $19,250

Dandino BR News

  • Dandino Continuing Good Run for Bombora

    Wed, 23 Jun 2021

    Respected Victorian thoroughbred nursery Bombora Downs, located on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula at Bittern, would be delighted with the progress of their British-bred stallion Dandino (Dansili-Generous Diana, by Generous). The Gr1 Caulfield Cup runner-up, who boasts international Group 1 form amongst a swag of 18 Group performances in the UK, North America and Australia, sired his fourth first crop winner on Sunday when 3YO filly Dancin’ Dude strolled home by 2-lengths over 1600m at Coonamble. Her victory follows similar successes for other 3YOs Quick ‘n’ Dandy, Adandiman and Savvy Dan. He has also had a further three placed runners including promising young stayer Tarentello who has finished in the frame at Sandown, Cranbourne and Moonee Valley. With his progeny expected to continue to improve as they mature, Dandino is well priced at $5,500 for the 2021 season at Christoph Bruechert’s Bombora Downs. Update: On Wednesday at Cranbourne, Dandino's Barrington Manor lapped up the 2025m to become his fifth individual winner.


    Dandino stands at Bombora Downs
  • Bombora Downs Quartet Ready for 2020 Season

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020

    Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula-based Bombora Downs is eagerly awaiting the start of the 2020 breeding season. The well-equipped stud farm, renowned for its hand-on approach by principal Christoph Bruechert, is responsible for foaling down around 110 mares a year, of which half come to Bombora specifically to foal. Although offering a walk-on service to all Victorian stallions, the biodynamically-run property also houses a mix of proven and emerging young sires for breeders to consider. The quartet includes internationally performed Dansili son Dandino (runner-up in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup), Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Estijaab’s half-brother De Gaulle, Champion NZ 2YO Warhorse and durable racehorse Jungle Ruler who first raced as a 2YO and only retired when nine. CLICK BELOW for a review of Bombora Downs’ 2020 offering.

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  • Bombora Downs Excited About Season of Firsts

    Mon, 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 Fees

    Tue, 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 Dandino

    Wed, 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 Dandino

    Wed, 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 Cup

    Thu, 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 Downs

    Thu, 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 Cup

    Mon, 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 Cup

    Thu, 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."

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  • Cup Penalty For Amralah

    Tue, 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 Entries

    Tue, 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 Rehab

    Thu, 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 & Barriers

    Wed, 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 56.5kg

    Wed, 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

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  • Cups Back On Agenda For Dandino

    Mon, 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 Entries

    Wed, 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 Dandino

    Tue, 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 Newmarket

    Mon, 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 Friday

    Thu, 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.