First Winner for Dandino and He Might Just Be A Derby Horse

Mark Smith - Sunday January 24

The betting suggested the Mitch Freedman-trained Adandiman was primed for a big debut at Geelong on Sunday and he didn’t disappoint with a bold front running display to earn the honour as the first winner for his sire Dandino (GB).

He looks the part and can gallop Adandiman (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

In danger of being caught three-wide, Jordan Childs took the initiative in sending the stylish brown colt to the front.

Still with a double handful rounding the home turn, Childs had plenty of horse underneath him when asking for the supreme effort.

There was a lot to like about the way Adandiman put his opponents to the sword. He was strong to the line in defeating Ski Zoom (Niconoise) by three lengths with Handshake (Dundeel) a further three-quarters of a length back in third.

“He’s a nice progressive stayer. We had him down as a possible derby horse in the spring because he had that nice, relaxed attitude,” Freedman told

“When he got to the front today he was travelling within himself, he’s got a really nice, long stride.

“I think the stallion (Dandino)  might make it; he hasn’t got too many on the ground.

“This horse has got a great attitude towards his work and a great attitude to his racing by the look of that.

“He has a nice staying future ahead of him and excites me a little bit.

“The South Australian Derby was a pretty hot race last year, and the Tasmanian Derby is coming up too quick. If we can get to a St Leger or something like that who knows. We will see how he goes. If he is not ready to do it we won’t do it, but I think he has a nice staying future.”

A homebred for Darren Dance and partners, Adandiman carries the fluorescent yellow silks of Australia Thoroughbred Bloodstock who purchased his dam Mumbeilly for $80,000 at the 2010 NZB Select Yearling Sale.

A winner at Ballarat and Pakenham, Mumbeilly placed six times on metropolitan tracks.

 One of 35 live foals from the first crop of Dandino (GB), Adandiman is the first live foal of the daughter of O’Reilly who hails from the family of the grand racemare Silver Chalice whose six Group wins are headed by the Group 1 WRC Thorndon Mile.

The victory of Adandiman will be welcomed at Esker Lodge who will consign a half-sister by popular first crop sire Pariah to the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale (Lot 203).

Truly his fathers son - Adandiman (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

The impressive Adandiman is sure to focus interest on his sire Dandino (GB). The high-class son of Dansili was as tough as they come.

Campaigned in  England, the USA, Canada and Australia, Dandino (GB) won nine times from 37 starts from 1800m to 2700m and placed in 18 Group / Stakes races.

The winner of the Group II Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket, Dandino (GB) announced himself to Australian fans with a fighting second behind Falkner in the 2013 Caulfield Cup.

Beaten just over three lengths when fifth in the Melbourne Cup, Dandino (GB) became a permanent resident in Australia the following year, closing out his career with a win in the Group II Queens Cup at Flemington.

Dandino stands at Bombora Downs for a fee of $5,500.


Race Result - Cheironhc.Com.Au Mdn Plate 1400m

Geelong Track: Good(4) Time: 1:24.64
T: Mitchell Freedman J: Jordan Childs 58
3c Dandino (GB) x Mumbeilly (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Ski Zoom
T: Donna Mott J: J Benbow 57.5
5m Niconoise (AUS) x Ski Princess (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
T: P A Preusker J: Dean Holland 58
3c Dundeel (NZ) x Fast Gal (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
NZB Ready To Run Sale $100,000
V:Riversley Park Ltd
B: Bavcon
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 2 $45,000
V:Shadowbrook Bloodstock, Cannons Creek
B: 888 Bloodstock
Buckland Abbey
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Damien Thornton 59.5
5g Tavistock (NZ) x Ria's Pride (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
Rosy Bubbles
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: M J Dee 56
3f All American (AUS) x Long Stem Red (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
Glorious Express
T: P G Carey J: Damian Lane 59.5
4g Zoustar (AUS) x Aeronwy (IRE) (Dylan Thomas (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $190,000
V:Amarina Farm Denman NSW
B: Ricky Yiu
Elegant Lad
T: R J Besanko J: Lewis German 59.5
4g Fighting Sun (AUS) x Rossan (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
French Boss
T: S P Nichols J: Zac Spain 56
3f Street Boss (USA) x Exceedingly French (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $100,000
V:Blue Gum Farm, Euroa
B: Shane Nichols Racing
Sure Fling
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: Declan Bates 56
3f Reliable Man (GB) x Third Rate Romance (NZ) (Scaredee Cat (NZ))
NZB Ready To Run Sale $120,000
V:Kilmore Farm Ltd
B: Busuttin Racing
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