CRAIG Williams will partner UK stayer Dandino in the $3 million Caulfield Cup. Williams early on Saturday informed Darren Dance, whose Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock races the eight-year-old, that he had committed to the ride.

The 37-year-old had to decide between Dandino, runner-up in last year’s Caulfield Cup or UK mare Ambivalent.

He rode Dandino last year in Caulfield Cup when the Marco Botti-trained horse surged late to finish second behindFawkner, beaten one and a quarter lengths.

Williams won the 2011 Caulfield Cup on Southern Speed then won the following year’s renewal on Dunanden.

Dance said the booking carried over to the Melbourne Cup on the proviso that Dandino ran well on the Caulfield Cup.

Earlier in the week, Dance and Botti booked Craig Newitt to ride Seismos in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

And, Damien Oliver will take the ride on Guest Of Honour in next Saturday’s Toorak Handicap, a race that will determine if he progresses to the Cox Plate.