Smart pacer’s owners eye NZ Cup

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Racehorse Captain Dolmio has placed in 19 out of 24 races in his racing career and will be racing at the 2017 New Zealand Cup, if all goes well.

Captain Dolmio’s syndicate consists of six Gore men.

Horse trainer and syndicate member Matthew Brinsdon said the 6-year-old standardbred gelding had exceeded the syndicate’s expectations so far.

“We are really pleased,” he said.

Mr Brinsdon said Captain Dolmio had been entered in 24 races so far and had won seven and come second in seven and third in five.

They were some pretty good statistics, he said.

Captain Dolmio was bred by the Brinsdon family, so they have had him since he was a foal.

Mr Brinsdon trained Captain Dolmio’s dam, Kate Rocks, and grandam, Kate’s Highlight.

“It was at 3 years old that he started showing some real promise.”

Captain Dolmio’s dam won one race in her career but Mr Brinsdon said his sire, Grinfromeartoear, was an American racehorse who had sired a lot of winners.

He said the Captain Dolmio syndicate consisted of six members: himself, David Rance, Gus Osborne, David Howe, Brian Greer and Matthew Breen.

They hoped Captain Dolmio would run in the New Zealand Cup after a few more races.

“He’ll race in five lead-up races,” he said.

“Then he’s, hopefully, off to the New Zealand Cup, where he will be up against a world champion, a potential world champion and a few other goodies.

“If all goes well this season, he will be heading to Oz [Australia] to compete.”

Captain Dolmio raced on Wednesday in Rangiora and won.

His last lead-up race is the Kaikoura Cup at the end of October.

Until then, Captain Dolmio will be with John Dunn, his trainer, in Christchurch.