Four runners for Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock last week and highlighted by the win of new purchased stayer Dandino in the $400,000 Group 1 American St Leger on August 17th at Arlington in Chicago.
Having just his third start for ATB and UK trainer Marco Botti, jockey Ryan Moore had to use all his experience to get the son of Dansili home after being checked before the turn and held up in the straight.
Dandino has now had three starts since being syndicated by Darren Dance for earnings of more than $300,000 from one win and two placings.
Locally, ATB had Luckyi’mbarefoot race at Caulfield and both Gen Why & Evens ran at Echuca.
Matthew Williams trained Luckyi’mbarefoot was never in the hunt over 1600m at Caulfield with apprentice Jye McNeil aboard. As usual he ran home nicely but he finished around 7 lenghts behind the very smart German import Pakal.
At Echuca on August 19th ATB had Gen Why debut for the Darren Weir stable in a Maiden event over 1000 metres.
The inexperience filly over raced early and jockey Dean Yendall was unable to settle her in the run.
“Dean probably should have just took her to the lead and let her run,” said ATB’s Darren Dance.
“We will spell her now and let her grow and mature before starting again with her.”
Later in the day stablemate Evens stepped out over 1200 metres in a Benchmark 70 event and finished second last in a disappointing performance on face value.
Trainer Darren Weir thought the run was better than it appeared.
“She didn’t have any luck in the straight and the run was much better than it looked,” said Dance.
Evens jumped well from the wide gate and Ben Melham let her find her feet early, settling at the rear of the field.
Coming to the turn Melham surged her along where she looked ready to gather them up, but she was tightened for room and Ben had to stop riding her, losing all chance.
She has come through the race well and derive plenty of benefit from the run.