ENGLISH-trained stayer Dandino is on target to give Warrnambool’s Peter and Anne Lynch a Melbourne Cup triumph after his fast-finishing second in the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup on Saturday.
The Lynches are members of the Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock syndicate which races the seven-year-old stallion.
Dandino failed in his bid to catch Fawkner in the Caulfield Cup but gained admirers as bookmakers slashed his price to $8 for the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup on November 5.
Peter Lynch said it was a thrill to live the dream of having a runner in Victoria’s two feature cups.
“The whole thing is just amazing. I thought it was a sensational run by Dandino,” the Warrnambool Racing Club committeeman said.
“Jockey Craig Williams never had much luck in the run.
“He motored home over the concluding stages.
“He’s got to be a serious Melbourne Cup chance now.
“The wide barrier draw never helped Dandino’s chances in the Caulfield Cup.
“The horse just seems to settle really well.
“I don’t think there are any questions whether he will run out the two miles of the Melbourne Cup.
“We just hope he pulls up well after Saturday’s run and nothing goes wrong between now and the Melbourne Cup.”
The Lynches, who were trackside to watch Dandino win the USA St Leger in August, have been involved in breeding and owning horses since the early 1980s.
“We raced Silver Satellite back in the late 1980s,” Peter Lynch said.
“She was a very honest mare. Silver Satellite won the Diamond Jubilee which is now the Sunline Stakes in 1987.
“We’ve bred a few horses over the years.
“Racing is a real tough game. There are lots of highs and lows but we’re on a bit of high now.
“We just hope the high can continue to the Melbourne Cup.”
Dandino has a new jockey in the Melbourne Cup as Craig Williams has taken the ride on Mount Athos in the 3200-metre race. English rider Ryan Moore will partner Dandino in the cup.