Dandino Continues to Please in Rehab Program

Eight-year-old entire Dandino has yet to race for new trainer Darren Weir after he was ruled out of the spring carnival due to an injury in his off foreleg.

Dandino is doing well in his rehab program at trainer Darren Weir's stables in Ballarat.

Dandino is doing well in his rehab program at trainer Darren Weir’s stables in Ballarat. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The former Marco Botti-trained horse as runner-up to Fawkner in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) back in 2013 before finishing a solid fifth in that year’s Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).

He returned to Australia the following year, set to contest both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups again, but was scratched from the latter just two days prior to running.

The horse was then transferred to Weir’s stables in December, set to target the Caulfield Cup for the third time. The horse’s owners had already confirmed Dandino would miss the autumn due to his persistent injury.

Dandino’s progress is good though, he continues to please as he rehabs at Weir’s stables in Ballarat.

“The vets look at him regularly and they’re happy with the way it is looking,” Weir told TVN.

The horse is halfway through his six-month rehab program, spending up to an hour on the treadmill and simply walking around for the rest of the day. Weir remains optimistic about the horse’s progress but is unsure about upcoming changes.

“He will have an ultrasound at week 24 to see what we do with him next – whether he has a month off before he’s ready to start a program, whether he needs to do more rehab on the treadmill or whether he’s ready to go to the beach to start work down there,” Weir said.

“Until you get into the crucial stage of the preparation when you start galloping that is when it really tests the injury out.

“Before we get to that stage we will make sure the leg has had every possible chance to strengthen up.”

All signs put towards Dandino being fit for the 2015 Caulfield Cup.

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