Ge­orge to stay home for Arc

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OR­DER Of St Ge­orge miss the Mel­bourne Cup.

The Ir­ish stayer will in­stead be set for the Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe on Oc­to­ber 1.

Owner Lloyd Wil­liams con­firmed plans for the dual Ir­ish St Leger win­ner fol­low­ing 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 on track con­di­tions and travel stress are 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. STEW­ARDS have put jock­eys on no­tice — take un­nec­es­sary risks at your peril.

Craig Wil­liams ( 23), Ben Mel­ham ( 12) and Re­gan Bayliss ( seven) were outed for a to­tal of 42 meet­ings for care­less rid­ing at Flem­ing­ton on Satur­day.

Chief ste­ward Terry Bai­ley warned cava­lier rid­ing would not be tol­er­ated af­ter a ro­bust in­quiry in­volv­ing Mel­ham, who was sus­pended for his ride on Mighty Boss. will

Al­mandin is now TAB’s 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.

“He’s got great form. He’s the third- high­est stay­ing horse they’ve got in Ja­pan and I was de­lighted with the feel he’s given me and also the piece of work we did to­gether.

“I just know he’s one of the main chances in the Caulfield and Mel­bourne Cup.”

Asked if Ad­mire Deus was top of his Cup wish list, Wil­liams said: “Ab­so­lutely. My man­ager keeps on say­ing, ‘ You’re not locked in un­til you ac­tu­ally jump on their back in the mount­ing yard be­cause there’s scratch­ings and there’s this and there’s all the rest of it’.

“I’ve told him of my in­ten­tions of want­ing to ride him so far. So far, I’m in a re­ally good po­si­tion and I like the po­si­tion I’m in.”

Mel­ham, who is con­sid­er­ing an ap­peal, was irate af­ter stew­ards blamed him for ham­per­ing Dwayne Dunn on Royal Sym­phony in the Pin & Win Plate.

Mel­ham ac­cused Dunn of putting both jock­eys in dan­ger af­ter their mounts made con­tact ap­proach­ing the 1200m mark of the 1400m race.

Dunn was up­set and made his feel­ings plain to fel­low riders as he re­turned to scale. And he didn’t mince his words at the sub­se­quent in­quiry.

“It was just rude and un­called for,” Dunn said of Mel­ham’s rid­ing. “The out­side horse moved in and bashed me and then did it again. I had to re­lin­quish the spot.”

Mel­ham dis­agreed. “Why is he ( Dunn) al­lowed to come out to meet me but my horse can’t shift in at that point?” he asked stew­ards.

“He’s put him­self in dan­ger, put me in dan­ger and I’m sit­ting here fac­ing this charge. It’s danger­ous him rid­ing out.

“Some­one had to give or I would have got chopped from horses on the out­side.”

Stew­ards told Mel­ham that Dunn had a right to hold his line.

Bayliss was sus­pended for his ride on Eclair Sun­shine in the same race.

Wil­liams will not ap­peal against a ban that could re­sult in him miss­ing five Group 1 Flem­ing­ton, Nov 7 $ 8 AL­MANDIN $ 13 Hu­mi­dor $ 15 Bon­neval $ 17 Ad­mire Deus, Hart­nell, Red Car­di­nal Na­keeta, Tiberian, Ven­tura Storm

MEL­BOURNE CUP

rides be­fore Oc­to­ber 8.

He pleaded guilty to in­ter­fer­ence that led to Lime­stone and Damian Lane crash­ing heav­ily 100m from home in the Dane­hill Stakes. Both horse and rider were un­in­jured.

“In 25 years rid­ing, I have never been in­volved in a care­less rid­ing in­ci­dent that led to a fall un­til to­day,” Wil­liams said.

“I was proud of this record and I’ve only got my­self to blame for this.” he re­sumes on

Mel­bourne Cup favourite Al­mandin, rid­den by Damien Oliver, ca­reers away with the JRA Tro­phy at Flem­ing­ton. Pic­ture: VINCE CALIGIURI/ GETTY IMAGES

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