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Australian Bloodstock Trio To Target Cups
Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock owner Darren Dance has revealed that he plans to target this year's Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with European-based stayers Kelinni, Dandino and Seismos, reports horseracing.com.au. Kelinni (Refuse To Bend) was purchased by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock at the end of the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival after a successful two-year stint in the Chris Waller stable that was highlighted by a fourth place finish in the 2012 Melbourne Cup behind Green Moon. The 6YO gelding failed to show up last spring but Dance said he was hopeful that he could recapture his best form under new trainer Marco Botti. "At this stage I would hope to bring three out for the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup," Dance said. "That is the plan and most of them will start to kick-off over the next week or two. Kelinni was a horse that people here would be familiar with; he was with Chris Waller and we purchased him and sent him back to Marco to try and recapture that early form that he had. He kicks off on Saturday night over there," Dance said, referring to the Gr2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket this weekend. Dance said Kelinni would then progress to the Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, which is also an early season target for stable-mate Dandino. Dandino (Dansili) finished an unlucky runner-up in last year's Caulfield Cup before finishing a creditable fifth in the Melbourne Cup. "He will be back out this year," confirmed Dance. "The other horse that we brought is a German horse called Seismos [Dalakhani], who we have only had one run with in Dubai," Dance said. "We moved him across to Marco's yard and he is another horse that we will target to the Melbourne Spring."