Captain Dolmio on course


Captain Dolmio is on course to resume at Addington on September 16 after recovering well from the minor foot niggle which kept him out of the Maurice Holmes Vase last Friday.

The Robert Dunn stable star (seven wins in 24 starts) is being set for the $800,000 NZ Cup on November 14 and driver John Dunn said on Monday that the nuggety six year-old son of Grinfromeartoear is back on track for the $30,000 Avon City Ford New Brighton Cup (2600m stand) at Addington, with the winner being guaranteed a start in the NZ Cup.

If he misses that race he will go to Oamaru for the $25,000 Hannon Memorial (2600m stand) on September 24.

“He just had a wee setback with a sore foot, nothing major,’’ Canterbury-based Dunn said.

‘’He seems to be good now … he missed no work and he could have raced last Friday, but there’s no point until he’s cherry ripe.

“It’s been quite wet down here and we’ve had a few with wee feet problems.’’ “He’s come back a bit stronger this season so hopefully the plan works. I’m pretty happy with the way he’s trialled up.’’

Captain Dolmio ran some huge races last season, culminating in a gallant second to rising open-class star Heaven Rocks in the Easter Cup (3200m) at Addington on April 15, the winner clocking 3:58.7, with a last 800m in 54.1sec.

Meanwhile, leading Kiwi driver Dexter Dunn has confirmed that last Friday’s Otago-trained Vase winner Titan Banner, who was third in the 2016 NZ Cup, will be his drive in this year’s cup.

“I think he’s quite a good Grand Circuit horse. Shooting over for the Victoria Cup (October 14, 2240m mobile) wouldn’t be a bad idea for a horse like him.’’