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Craig Williams has endorsed Admire Deus as a serious Cups contender after partnering the Japanese import in a rousing track gallop at Werribee on Tuesday. Working over 1600m in 1 min, 41 secs, the Australian-owned stayer steamed over the last 600m in 34 secs. The gallop delighted Williams ahead of the October 21 Caulfield Cup,
Lloyd Williams has confirmed Almandin will have one more start before he tries to become the sixth horse to win consecutive Melbourne Cups. Williams has also declared Irish galloper Rekindling as the other horse he is pinning his hopes on in his bid to win a sixth Melbourne Cup, saying he was “keen on him”.
Some of the international horses are now in quarantine at various locations ahead of intentions to have a run at the 2017 Melbourne Cup and other top-echelon Australian spring races. Here are a few preparing for Flemington by avoiding contact with the disease and bacteria ridden nags from other locations around the world. Seriously, though,
Punters looking for a horse to back for the 2017 Melbourne Cup might be swayed in the direction of last year’s winner, Almandin. Possibly the only thing going against him is that there has not been a repeat winner since Makybe Diva in 2005. Those with a background in thoroughbred racing know, of course, that
As is true for many sports, whenever a big event looms, interest in that sport grows and the Melbourne Cup is a case in point. Even people who do not know Caulfield from cauliflower or Randwick from rocket tend to devote a little more attention to thoroughbred racing as the first Tuesday in November and
With precisely two months remaining before the 2017 edition of the Melbourne Cup, we present our latest installment in our series leading up to The Race That Stops a Nation. Currently, two runners share favourtism for the race, one being last year’s winner Almandin and the other being Admire Deus of Japan. A check on
In a thoroughbred racing world gone mad, where a horse that has barely been out of the barn and runs on dirt can earn more for showing up than can one of the greatest that has ever taken to the turf, it is gratifying to see so many internationals interested in showing up to contest
ALMANDIN burst back onto stage on Saturday and is now favourite to win consecutive Melbourne Cups. The stayer returned to the racetrack at Moonee Valley on Saturday as the most famous horse to race anywhere in Australia on the day. Little was expected. The eight-year-old hadn’t raced since his desperate win over Heartbreak City in
German trainer Andreas Wohler is unfazed by Red Cardinal’s Prix Kergolay flop — an underwhelming performance which saw the Australian-owned stayer drift from Melbourne Cup favouritism. Raced by Australian Bloodstock — owners of 2014 Wohler-trained Cup-winner Protectionist — Red Cardinal finished fifth behind Marmelo at Deauville in what is regarded as a key Flemington pointer.
Melbourne Cup Day is a big deal. Let’s not deny that for a second, because it’s arguably Australia’s biggest yearly sporting event. It’s in the same class as the State of Origin, both the NRL and AFL grand finals and the first day of a Boxing Day Test match during an Ashes year. If your