Keep Cup at ± 200m, say tri­umphant Team Wil­liams

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

L E V I A T H A N o w n e r L l o y d Wil­liams yes­ter­day added an­other Ade­laide Cup to his tro­phy cabi­net, as his son Nick launched a pas­sion­ate plea for the race to stay at 3200m.

Aided by a bril­liant ride by vet­eran jockey Dar­ren Gauci, out­sider Muir ($ 21) led all the way from bar­rier 19 to win the $ 400,000 Cup and up­stage a sus­tained bet­ting plunge on the Peter Moody­trained Mace­do­nian.

Mace­do­nian ($ 4.20) loomed as a win­ning chance half­way down the straight but peaked on his run and was beaten out for sec­ond place by an­other out­sider Sad­dler’s Story ($ 21).

The Mark Ka­vanagh-trained favourite King Di­a­mond ($ 3.50) was well back in the run and made up some ground to run fifth.

An ap­par­ent lack of depth in this year’s Cup had re-opened the de­bate as to whether the race – which seems likely to shift back to its tra­di­tional date in May – should be re­duced from 3200m.

‘‘ Of course the Cup should stay at 3200m,’’ said Nick Wil­liams, who rep­re­sented his fa­ther yes­ter­day.

‘‘ There are three great two-mile Cups in Aus­tralia – Ade­laide and Mel­bourne and Syd­ney. They are fan­tas­tic races and they need to stay the way they are.’’

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