Or­der Of St Ge­orge to by­pass the Cup

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - LEO SCH­LINK

IR­ISH stayer Or­der Of St Ge­orge will miss the Mel­bourne Cup.

The horse will in­stead be set for the Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe in France on Oc­to­ber 1.

Owner Lloyd Wil­liams con­firmed plans for the dual Ir­ish St Leger win­ner in the wake of Al­mandin’s stun­ning JRA Tro­phy vic­tory at Flem­ing­ton on Satur­day.

Wil­liams said Al­mandin had pulled up well af­ter his ef­fort­less tri­umph and would prob­a­bly next run in The Bart Cum­mings on Oc­to­ber 2 at Flem­ing­ton – a race he won last year be­fore snar­ing the Mel­bourne Cup.

Con­cerns about track con­di­tions and travel stress are the fac­tors be­hind the de­ci­sion to keep the Ai­dan O’Brien trained Or­der Of St Ge­orge in Europe.

Given 58kg in the Mel­bourne Cup, Or­der Of St Ge­orge’s ab­sence means Hart­nell, a dis­tant third in last year’s Cup be­hind Al­mandin, will be top­weight with 57.5kg.

With a record five Cups in his keep­ing, Wil­liams still has a string of Flem­ing­ton as­pi­rants, in­clud­ing Croc­o­dile Rock and Aloft, who filled the plac­ings be­hind Al­mandin on Satur­day.

He said that trio, along with Grand­duke­of­tus­cany, Bondi Beach and Hans Hol­bein, were likely to head to the 2500m Bart Cum­mings.

Al­mandin is now clear $8 favourite to win the Cup, de­spite back-to-back Cups be­ing a feat achieved by only four horses in 155 years.

Wil­liams in­di­cated Rekin­dling, trained by O’Brien’s son Joseph, could travel to Aus­tralia af­ter a fine fourth in the English St Leger at Don­caster yes­ter­day.

Rekin­dling is a $51 chance for the Mel­bourne Cup.

Craig Wil­liams has de­clared Ad­mire Deus his pre­ferred Cup ride af­ter part­ner­ing the Ja­panese star in track­work.

“He’s a nice, re­ally solid horse,” Wil­liams said.

Lloyd Wil­liams.

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