Dandino: six-year-old will be trained by Marco Botti for new ownersPICTURE: HKJC
Dandino to join Botti with Melbourne target
DANDINO is set to switch to Marco Botti for his new Australian-based owners with a view to competing in the 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup.
The six-year-old, who was still with trainer James Fanshawe on Friday, was purchased by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock (ATB), who also own Jakkalberry and Crackerjack King with Botti, from the Elite Racing Club earlier this week.
A Royal Ascot winner at three, Dandino's form stepped up another level last year with victory in the Group 3 September Stakes at Kempton and a second behind the Botti-trained Joshua Tree in the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine.
ATB director Darren Dance said: "The horse has been on our radar for the last 18 months. He ran second to Joshua Tree in Canada and that is when Marco rang me and said ‘I think I've found our next Melbourne Cup horse, he should have won that race.
"That is when we first talked to them but they wanted to run in Hong Kong first. "He finished three lengths behind Red Cadeaux [in the Hong Kong Vase] and hit the line really well.
"I didn't want him to win that race because I wouldn't have been able to buy him but I didn't want him to run last either because I wouldn't have wanted him. It all worked out well."
Last year's Melbourne Cup third Jakkalberry is also being prepared for the 2013 edition but his first major assignment is the 2m Dubai Gold Cup on World Cup night.
Dance added: "He flies out on February 23 to Dubai. He will contest two races there and on World Cup night we want to run him in the two mile Cup which we think he is pretty well suited in.
"He'll then race through the European Summer and prepare for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups."