WARRNAMBOOL’S Peter and Anne Lynch are chasing a slice of history in today’s $6.2 Melbourne Cup.
They would become the city’s first owners to lift the cup should international raider Dandino win the famous 3200-metre race.
The couple are part of a syndicate under the Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock umbrella in ownership of Dandino, which finished second in last month’s Caulfield Cup.
Their stake in the stallion has captured the interest of many south-west racing enthusiasts.
“There’s a cheer squad of people going to the Melbourne Cup from Warrnambool,” Peter Lynch said.
“It’s a real adrenalin rush.
‘‘Anne and I have been amazed with the local support which we’ve received since people found out we are in the ownership.
“I must admit I’m pretty nervous.
‘‘We’re not trying to get in front of ourselves but we jumped a big hurdle when he drew barrier four for the Cup.
‘‘I don’t reckon we could have got a better barrier.
‘‘We’ve got our fingers crossed now.
‘‘We just need a bit of luck in the run.”
Lynch, a long-serving Warrnambool Racing Club committee member, said Dandino had thrived since his Caulfield run and expected a good showing today.
“We travelled over to America to see him win the St Leger in August,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s just been an amazing feeling to be involved in the ownership of the horse.
“It’s every racehorse owner’s dream to have a runner in the Melbourne Cup.
‘‘We’re extremely lucky to be involved in the ownership.”
South-west eyes will also be on 2011 winner Dunaden, which could take Camperdown’s Geoffrey Faber into the winner’s stall for the second time.
Faber, the Australian representative for Pearl Bloodstock which races the eight-year-old stallion, said Dunaden had flown under the radar this year, rated a $36 chance yesterday.
“I think everyone has forgotten how good a horse Dunaden is,” he said.
“He won the Melbourne Cup in 2011 before winning the Caulfield Cup last year.
‘‘He ran into trouble in last year’s Melbourne Cup.
‘‘We mapped out a light preparation for him this year for the Melbourne Cup.
“He has not missed a beat. I reckon he’s going as good as when he won the Cup back in 2011.
‘‘He’s the class stayer in the race.
‘‘The bookies are betting a ridiculous price about his chances.”
Faber, who has ventured to the Werribee quarantine station from Camperdown for the past few weeks to see Dunaden go through his paces said he was impressed with numerous other international horses that were stabled at the complex.