Irish jockey, Martin Harley, has been announced as the surprise
choice as stable jockey for the high-flying Newmarket handler,
Marco Botti, whose talented stayer, Dandino is fancied by many
racing betting firms to give a very good account of himself at
Flemington on November 5 in the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
Harley's star has been very much in the ascendant of late,
having enjoyed plenty of successes with the powerful Mick Channon
yard but, when the offer came to join Botti as his No.1 rider, the
young Irishman could hardly refuse, especially as the magnanimous
Channon insisted that Harley should take the chance to ride so many
good horses on the international stage.
Whether or not Harley will be on board Dandino in the Melbourne
Cup remains to be seen, but Dandino heads to 'the race that stops a
nation' on the back of a fine effort last time out at Arlington
Park, Chicago, where he landed the American St Leger over 2800
metres, beating local star, Suntracer, with plenty up his
A horse who is no stranger to international travel, the son of
Dansili has been a model of consistency across the globe over the
last 12 months. He failed by just half-a-length to land the
Canadian International last October before staying on well to be a
fast-finishing seventh behind Red Cadeaux in the Group 1 Hong Kong
Vase last December.
Lightly raced in Europe this summer, the six-year-old lost out
by just a neck to the smart Universal in Group 2 company at
Newmarket in May on his seasonal bow, before finishing runner-up to
Thomas Chippendale in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot
Dandino looks sure to run a big race at Flemington and he might
well at current racing live betting odds of 20/1.