Keep Cup at ± 200m, say triumphant Team Williams
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.’’