Dandino Runs Dandy Cup Trial

Fawkner and Dandino finish one-two in the Caulfield Cup.  Image courtesy of sportinglife.com
Fawkner and Dandino finish one-two in the Caulfield Cup. Image courtesy of sportinglife.com
Italian trainer Marco Botti produced a surprise in last year’s Melbourne Cup when his runner Jakkalberry crossed the line third, but he has a big chance of going even better this year if Dandino’s second placing in the Caulfield Cup is anything to go by. Craig Williams steered Dunaden home from a wide gate in the corresponding race in 2012, and he almost did the same with the British bred galloper who came from the rear of the field to finish 1 ¼ lengths behind the winner, Fawkner. It continues Williams’ stunning record in the race after he also took out the 2011 race on Southern Speed.

On the back of that run, Dandino, who started the day at a $21 quote for the Melbourne Cup, is now second favourite behind last year’s runner-up Fiorente . There are still question marks regarding Dandino over a further 800m, though, as 2400m is considered the seven-year-old’s best distance.

Robert Hickmott took out last year’s Cup for Lloyd Williams with Green Moon , and Fawkner has firmed in betting for the great race after his win at Caulfield. It was the owner’s first win in the 2400-metre event, while Hickmott in the last 12 months has also taken out the Sydney Cup with Mourayan and The Metropolitan with Seville . Fawkner put to bed some concerns about his staying ability with the victory at his first start over 2000m but has been slugged with a 1.5kg weight penalty for the Flemington feature following the success, meaning he will carry 54.5kg in the Melbourne Cup.

Hawkspur was sent out favourite at Caulfield but had no luck after drawing a wide alley. The Group 1 Queensland Derby winner battled on late to finish seventh and remains amongst the favourites for the first Tuesday in November. 

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