Lloyd Williams joked that he now had his sights on the late Bart Cummings’ record of 12 Melbourne Cups after becoming the most successful owner in the race’s 155-year history when Almandin scored a fifth win for him at Flemington on Tuesday.
In a victory similar to that of Williams’ famous grey Efficient in 2007, the former German galloper Almandin ($11) stormed home from near the rear of the field to edge out the Irish horse Heartbreak City ($19) by a long head, with four-and-a-quarter lengths to the favourite Hartnell ($5.50) in third place.
The crowd favourite and only Australian-bred horse in the race Jameka was never a winning chance and she finished 15th.
Jameka’s performance prompted her trainer Ciaron Maher to say: “The horse has had a super campaign, Nick (Hall) rode her perfectly, she got a lovely run, but just didn’t see the trip out today. Maybe as a stronger five-year-old she might, but didn’t see it out today.” Read More…