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Dandino Spring Carnival Schedule On Track
Although Gr1 Melbourne Cup place-getter Jakkalberry has been ruled out of this year's renewal due to an injury suffered over the weekend, Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock managing owner Darren Dance appears to have a strong fall-back thanks to exciting international Dandino, reports racingvictoria.net.au. The 6YO is set to line up in the American St Leger (2700m) at Arlington Park in the US on Saturday, with Dance expecting the Marco Botti-trained galloper to prove hard to beat on the back of his last-start runner-up finish in the Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes (2400m) at Royal Ascot. "He travelled well and he's eaten up. It's a field that, with all due respect, is not as strong as what the Hardwicke Stakes was, when he ran a really good second. He's probably going to be one of the favourites in that race, but at the end of the day, you've still got to compete and be good [enough] to win." After his run in the St Leger on Saturday, Dandino returns to the UK where he will go into quarantine before arriving on September 28 among the first batch of international raiders to hit the Australian shores this year. His Hardwicke Stakes run is below.