Meet Dandino

I thought you’d all like to meet him as he’s turning into quite a celebrity since his arrival in Canada last weekend.

Dandino is busy packing to race in Canada next Sunday, in the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine worth a cool $1.5 million to the winning owners.
As you can imagine there is a buzz going around Elite Racing Club right now.
Members are excited because if he wins he’s automatically in this year’s Breeders cup Turf race at Santa Anita California.
Of course we’ll see what happens at Woodbine first before he possibly has a go at Santa Anita.
I will update this post when I have race footage.
Exciting times ahead…………….
A little more background information
● Can Dandino, in his first sojourn across the pond, make a splash in Sunday’s Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International? A model of consistency, nearly 70 per cent in the money coupled with a 35 per cent strike rate, certainly suggests the British-bred can give his rivals a run for the money.

Jim Crowley, jockey of second-place finisher Dandino

“He ran a simply phenomenal race. Down the lane, he was always battling back…he wouldn’t quit. I had a great trip. Another stride or two and I think we could have won it.”

And his trainer said…….
“We are so very proud of Dandino. He has done all of us so proud and won £200,000 in the process. Exciting thinking where he should go next. He was flying and so close in the end.”
● Owned by Elite Racing Club, Dandino, a five-year-old son of Dansili, heads into the International in winning form, after taking a Grade 3, 1 ½-mile Polytrack feature at Kempton on September 8.

● Other than a disappointing seventh-place finish (PCI rival and 2010 winner Joshua Tree was second) over ‘soft’ going at Newmarket on July 12, the James Fanshawe trainee has been at the top of his game, earning one win, three seconds and a third from six starts on the campaign.

● “After disappointing on soft going at Newmarket, he ran well at Goodwood in the Group 3 Glorious Stakes on August 3,” said Fanshawe, whose last venture to Woodbine resulted in a victory in the 1996 E.P. Taylor Stakes with Wandering Star. “He then won his first race on the Polytrack at Kempton, the Group 3 September Stakes, in taking style.”

● After a rocky seventh-place performance to Burnett in Dandino’s career bow in October of 2009 at Newcastle, the chance for better days appeared to be in the cards after a second-place effort to Psychic Ability. And that’s precisely what happened, to the tune of four consecutive trips to the winner’s circle, topped by a coronation in the King George V on June 17, 2010, at the 1 1/2-mile International distance.

● The Pattison represents Dandino’s third time competing outside of Great Britain. In 2010, he travelled to Tokyo to contest the Grade 1 Japan Cup, when he finished 11th of 18, at 130-1, yet only 4 ¼ lengths back at the wire. Last July, he went to Hoppegarten (Germany), where he was seventh, at 5-1, to Danedream in the Grade 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin Deutschland Preis.

● Might as well jump? There was a time when Dandino, who came to James Fanshawe prior to his 2012 campaign, might have taken on other hurdles, literally.

● “It was a good idea to try hurdling with Dandino. However, when it became obvious that hurdling wasn’t for him, I was thrilled to be asked to train him. He is a good-looking horse who had done extremely well for James Given at two and three”.

● “Dandino is a laid-back individual who likes his food,” noted Fanshawe. “He is enthusiastic when he is at the races but has learnt not to do any more than he has to in his fast work at home!”

● The long E.P. Taylor Turf stretch should be to Dandino’s liking. With 1,440 feet (439 metres) to work with, he will have good opportunity to employ a strong late kick. Said Fanshawe, “This will suit Dandino. He is most effective on good, good to firm (turf).”

● The perfect match. Although he’s only ridden him once, jockey Jim Crowley, who has made a successful switch from jumping to flat racing, will be aboard on Sunday. “Jim won on him at Kempton and gets on with him,” figures Fanshawe.

Owner – Elite Racing Club

Elite Racing Club is a horse racing club. In 1992, the owner of Elite Registrations, Tony Hill, purchased a racehorse as an advertising tool for Elite Registrations, calling the racehorse “Elite Reg”. Although this horse didn’t become a well known name in the horseracing world, this became the trigger to start Elite Racing Club.

The now 20,000 members pay an annual fee to join the club and renewal discounts are available after the first year of membership.

Members receive a share of the prize money earned by the club’s horses. Additionally, they receive a weekly newsletter, plus options to visit both the stables as well as courses where the club’s horses are racing, with opportunities for members to gain both paddock and winner enclosure entry.

In recent years, the club has focused increasingly on breeding racehorses that will go on to race for the club. It has achieved much success with this, notably with the champion mare Soviet Song. Soviet Song has herself now joined the club’s breeding operation. In 2012, Elite Racing Club celebrates its 20th anniversary as the most successful racing club in Britain.

Trainer – J.R. Fanshawe (

It truly is a family affair for trainer J.R. (James) Fanshawe, who works alongside his wife, Jacko, and son, Tom, at their Pegasus Stables in Newmarket.

As an assistant trainer to Sir Michael Stoute, Fanshawe walked through the gates of Pegasus Stables in 1988. After securing a seven-year tenure, the Fanshawes moved in later that year. They purchased the yard in 1993.

Built in 1884 by champion jockey Fred Archer, the couple gradually restored the property to its former glory “so that Fred Archer, should he ever call, would still be proud of his creation (they say his ghost is still around though I have not seen it since I gave up drinking!).”

“Over the past 20 years, thanks to the efforts of my staff, my owners, their fast horses and Barclays Bank, not to mention my late Grandmother who financed the renovation of the central clock tower, we have restored much of Fred’s original stable block and have completely refurbished the Fillies Yard. We have renewed the interior of the old boxes and all the stables are very well ventilated.”

The west side of the yard is bordered by a five-acre paddock which is fenced into one large and nine small turn out paddocks, where after exercise, the horses each have a good pick of grass.

Fanshawe, who trained multiple Group 1 winner Soviet Song, has enjoyed Group 1 success this year with the sprinter Society Rock in the Haydock Sprint and his smart stayer, High Jinx recently ran a brave race to be second in the mud in the G1 Prix du Cadran at Longchamp. He has also twice won the Champion Hurdle, in 1992 with Royal Gait (previously a disqualified winner of the Ascot Gold Cup and 10 years later with Hors La Loi III). He has trained many winners at Ascot’s Royal meeting and also won at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals with the J.P. McManus owned Reveillez.

Jockey – Jim Crowley

Born July 14, 1978, Jim Crowley hails from Ascot, where his parents trained point-to-pointers and reared him on a diet of hunting and showjumping.

His first two jobs were with trainers John White and Ron Hodges and although he first made an impression as an amateur on the Flat, he soon switched his attention to jumping when attached to Sue Smith’s West Yorkshire stable.

Crowley rode around 300 winners over obstacles, including the 2005 Lanzarote Hurdle on Crossbow Creek, before deciding to concentrate solely on the Flat. Based at Pulborough, he is married to trainer Amanda Perrett’s sister Lucinda and rode principally for his sister-in-law before being signed up as stable jockey to Ralph Beckett in 2010.

His biggest wins in flat racing include Lord Shanakill in the 2009 Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly in France and Prohibit’s victory in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June 2011, his first British Group 1 success.
go to the following website and click the video on the right to see Dandino training at Woodbine and footage of his last race, I’m sure you’ll all see why Elite Racing Club Members love him no horse deserves to win a big one more..
Not sure where he runs next or if he has a well earned holiday.
But he stays in training next year.


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