Harley Signed as Stable Jockey to Powerful Botti Yard

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 sleeve.

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 in June.

Dandino looks sure to run a big race at Flemington and he might well at current racing live betting odds of 20/1.