WARRNAMBOOL born racehorse syndicator Darren Dance will have his eighth Melbourne Cup runner when the Scottish-trained Nakeeta runs in the $7.3 million race.
Nakeeta, trained by Iain Jardine, forced his way into the 24 horse field because of injuries to some key hopes.
Dance, who owns Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock which was established in 1997, has a big group of owners including Warrnambool’s Peter and Ann Lynch in the ownership of Nakeeta.
Lynch is a long serving committee member of the Warrnambool Racing Club.
“We purchased a share in Nakeeta earlier this year,” Dance said.
“Peter and Ann are among the owners. It’s a great result for them and the rest of the syndicate members that we have another runner in the Melbourne Cup. ATB had our first cup runner back in 2011.
“We’re hoping for a bit of rain that would really help Naketta’s chances. He ran fifth in last year’s Cup with different owners.”
Darren Weir’s Warrnambool satellite stable will be represented by Red Cardinal in the Cup.