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Moore Out For Cup Redemption

Friday, 1st November 2013

Darren Dance, principal of the Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock syndicate that owns Dandino (Dansili-Generous Diana, by Generous), says former champion jockey Ryan Moore wants "to redeem himself" in this year's Melbourne Cup after being criticised for his ride on Mount Athos last year, reports racingpost.com. One year on, Moore, who has a string of chances at this weekend's prestigious Breeders' Cup meeting, will return to Australia and partner the Marco Botti-trained Dandino in Tuesday's feature race at Flemington. Dandino was partnered last-start in the Caulfield Cup by Craig Williams, who ironically will be aboard Mount Athos on Tuesday, but Dance says his team was keen to book Moore as they are keen for him to maintain an association with the horse later in the year. "It's important for Ryan to be riding on Tuesday as we want him to be on the horse in Hong Kong and Dubai," Dance said. "When we asked him if he wanted to ride the horse in the Melbourne Cup he said he had unfinished business with Australia." Dance added: "He was criticised a bit for his ride on Mount Athos last year and by his own admission it wasn't his greatest effort. He wants to redeem himself and he wants to win the Melbourne Cup." Dandino is third favourite for the Melbourne Cup behind Fiorente and Mount Athos, courtesy of his fast finishing second to Fawkner in the Caulfield Cup.

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