Dwyer keen for Villa to fire

BENDIGO trainer Shaun Dwyer hopes departed stable star Villa Verde will return to her best this autumn.

At Dwyer's suggestion, Villa Verde has been moved to the Sydney stables of Anthony Cummings for the lucrative autumn carnival.

"We've had respiratory problems with her the past 12 months,'' Dwyer said.

"I spoke to the owners and said it might be best to send the horse to Sydney for this preparation.

"In Sydney there's a salt box which is a medication for respiratory issues.

"Hopefully, she'll go well for Anthony and she returns to her best form. Everyone will be happy.

"We just want her to get back to her best and then we'll reassess things from there."

Villa Verde won her first two starts for Dwyer as a two-year-old and went on to run seventh in last year's Group One Golden Slipper Stakes behind Overreach.

In the spring, Villa Verde's best run was a close-up fourth behind Zoustar in the Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Villa Verde's owners Mike Buys and Rob Willies also own smart sprinter Fontelina, which is trained by Anthony Cummings.

Meanwhile, Dwyer confirmed he won't be moving from Bendigo to take up a role with the powerful Darley racing team in Melbourne.

There had been speculation that Dwyer could head up Darley's Melbourne stable when John O'Shea takes over the reins from Peter Snowden in Sydney.

Dwyer said that won't be the case.

"Darley have promoted David Charles from within their organisation to fill that Melbourne role, so I won't be going anywhere,'' Dwyer said.

"I'm very happy to be staying in Bendigo because we have a number of very promising young horses coming through."

Dwyer has spent the past few days in New Zealand the Karaka Yearling Sales.

He didn't buy any horses in NZ, but has his sights set on a number of yearlings at next month's Melbourne Premier Yearling Sales.

Dwyer returned to Australia in time to saddle up Inkjet Sprinter and Tampere at Wednesday's Geelong meeting.

Inkjet Sprinter ran eight placings in his first 16 starts without winning before rewarding the patience of connections with two wins at its past two starts.

Last start he scored a dominant three-and-a-half length win at Wangaratta.

Dwyer has always thought highly of Tampere. The four-year-old is yet to live up to expectations, but his last start second behind Kimiko over a mile at Seymour showed he could be in for a strong campaign.

The son of Kempinsky will get better as he steps up over more ground. Inkjet Sprinter and Tampere will both be ridden by Damien Oliver.

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