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Irish expat John Allen is largely known in Australia as a leading jumps jockey, but is thrilled to have been given the ride on notable import Dandino in Saturday’s featured Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, and is hopeful he can repay the faith shown in him by trainer Darren Weir.
Dandino stormed onto the Australian racing scene when saddled by Marco Botti through the 2013 Spring Carnival; running on for a close second behind Fawkner in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) before progressing to a credible fifth in the Melbourne Cup (3200m).
While undoubtedly using the 2015 Memsie Stakes as a tune-up in the lead up to his major Spring Carnival targets, Allen told Racing Ahead he is absolutely thrilled to have picked up the ride on the gun stayer and is confident the eight-year-old is capable of a competitive performance.
“It’s very exciting and hopefully he can run well,” Allen said.
“For an eight-year-old stallion he’s got a great attitude, he does everything right. Everything has been going really well.
“He seems to have a really good cruising speed and he’s been able to travel at a good speed, but they’ll have to run it at a good gallop on Saturday if he’s to be running home well.
“The jump jockey standard here is very good. Obviously I’m a lot lighter than most of the boys so I get the chance to ride on the flat as well.
“I’ll take what I can get, but hopefully I can do it properly. I’m just thrilled to be riding in it and hopefully he can run well.”
Posting a commendable eight wins and eleven minors through 31 career starts so far, Dandino has experienced notable success in races of all conditions and distances, over every corner of the globe.
Running second in each of the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes (2414m) and Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes (2414m) in Britain upon resuming in 2013, Dandino travelled to the US for immediate success in the American St Leger (2714m) prior to his impressive trip to Australia.
Unable to make much of his first two starts in 2014, the Dansili entire ran second in the American St Leger and fourth in the Group 3 September Stakes (2414m) at Kempton Park in what was his most recent start on September 6th.
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