Ryan Moore: has "unfinished business" in AustraliaPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Moore out "to redeem himself" in Melbourne
THE SYNDICATE boss who booked Ryan Moore for Dandino in Tuesday's Emirates Melbourne Cup has claimed the former champion jockey wants "to redeem himself" in the Flemington spectacular.
Moore partnered the luckless Mount Athos into fifth in last year's Melbourne Cup, after which the horse's owner Marwan Koukash determined to use the services of an Australian rider in this season's race.
Twelve months on, Moore, who has a string of chances at the Breeders' Cup on Friday and Saturday, will return to Australia and partner the Marco Botti-trained Dandino, who was steered by Craig Williams - the rider of Mount Athos in Tuesday - in the Caulfield Cup.
Darren Dance, who heads up the Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock syndicate that owns Dandino, said: "We booked Ryan Moore for the Melbourne Cup knowing he couldn't ride the horse in the Caulfield Cup and Craig Williams for the Caulfield Cup knowing he couldn't ride in the Melbourne Cup.
"It's important for Ryan to be riding on Tuesday as we want him to be on the horse in Hong Kong and Dubai.
"When we asked him if he wanted to ride the horse in the Melbourne Cup he said he had unfinished business with Australia.
"The race is on his bucket list. 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 around the 6-1 mark while Mount Athos is a general 8-1 shot to give Luca Cumani - twice second in the Melbourne Cup - a first victory in the iconic race.