A PRINCE WINS HIS WAY INTO THE BIG ONE
ENGLISH stayer A Prince Of Arran has won his way into the Melbourne Cup with a stirring victory in the Lexus Stakes at Flemington.
His trainer Charlie Fellowes would have preferred not to run A Prince Of Arran on Saturday but with the six-yearold just outside the 24-horse limit for the Cup, his hand was forced.
A Prince Of Arran has firmed from $34 to $15 for the Cup on Tuesday but 32-year-old Fellowes was just as excited about what he describes at the biggest win of his career.
“That’s the biggest win of my career to date. It’s the first Group win of my career,” he said.
“To win at a massive day like today it’s huge.
“Getting into the Cup is amazing and we’ll now hopefully enjoy the next couple of days and the build-up as much as we can”
A Prince Of Arran was ridden by Michael Walker who will ride him at 53kg on Tuesday with handicapper Greg Carpenter deciding not to penalise the horse for the win.
“I hit the front too early but nothing was taking me into the race, and in these staying races, these European horses keep going,” Walker said.
“He was pretty strong at the finish and I’m looking forward to Tuesday.”
Fellowes has always thought highly of gelding who is now justifying his trainers belief.
“He’s always been the apple of my eye because he’s a very good looking horse.
“He was very quirky as a young horse and I always worried that he wouldn’t actually fulfil his potential.
“This year he really is doing what I hoped he would be able to do when he was younger.”
“I shouldn’t be complaining but I feel for the owners.
“We’ve come this far and come so close.”