Ryan Moore will ride Dandino in Melbourne Cup

ENGLISH jockey Ryan Moore will take over on Caulfield Cup runner-up Dandino in the Melbourne Cup in a swap with Craig Williams.

In an intriguing switch, Williams, who rode Dandino at Caulfield, will be aboard another international, Mount Athos, the horse Ryan piloted into an unlucky fifth place in last year’s Cup.

Dandino’s rattling Caulfield Cup second to Fawkner in his first Australian start on Saturday promoted him to equal favourite in the Melbourne Cup betting at $6 alongside Fiorente. And, most important, he came through the race in perfect order. His handler, Paul Francis, said Dandino coped well with the pressure of the race and atmosphere of his biggest day at the races.”He’s only dropped seven kilos, which with that heat and the atmosphere is pretty amazing,” Francis said. Francis said Dandino returned with a couple of minor battle scars, but nothing that will cause any problem and would resume his Cup preparation early this week.

He also finished the Caulfield Cup with an enhanced reputation.After starting from barrier 15, Dandino settled among the last few and still had most of the field ahead of him at the 600m where jockey Williams began his run. “The pair were the widest of all in the straight with Dandino still giving plenty on the line,” Francis said. “The way he finished I think he’ll be suited by the extra distance in the Melbourne Cup.

Fellow international Simenon, who finished third in the Herbert Power Handicap at his first Australian run, continues to work well at Werribee but he may struggle to get into the Cup field. The English stayer is 31st in order of entry with few defectors since Saturday. Trainer Chris Waller could provide an opportunity if he decides to miss the Cup with Royal Descent. Waller’s two confirmed Melbourne Cup runners are Hawkspur and Kellini. Sydney’s premier trainer said Moriarty will run in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the final day of the Flemington carnival. Sacred Falls and Foreteller will have their plans finalised after galloping at Moonee Valley on Tuesday.

Source: The Australian 21 October 2013

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