Melbourne Cup again for ‘barman’
The popular Kiwi stalwart Who Shot Thebarman will attempt to become the first 9-year-old to win the Melbourne Cup after earning his spot in the big race with a tough win in the Moonee Valley Cup.
Trainer Chris Waller said the consistent two-miler was a stable favourite and capable of running well in his fourth consecutive Melbourne Cup. Who Shot Thebarman showed he has not lost any of his competitiveness when he fought hard down the short Moonee Valley straight to hit the post after sitting quietly at the back of the field under Blake Shinn.
It was a familiar feeling for the in-form Shinn who posted his third consecutive win on Who Shot Thebarman to post a treble on Cox Plate day. Shinn will wait and see whether he rides the horse who has 54 kg in the Melbourne Cup.
Shinn said the decision on whether he would ride was weight dependent while the handicapper Greg Carpenter confirmed that Who Shot Thebarman would not receive a weight penalty for his win.
‘‘He’s got a cult following this horse. He’ll now line up in his fourth Melbourne Cup and on that win he’s not without a chance,’’ Shinn said. Waller was delighted that the horse that first brought him to the attention of Melbourne racegoers when he ran third in the 2014 Melbourne Cup could win the race he was set to win this spring.
‘‘The owners said realistically this is is race to win a spot in the Melbourne Cup,’’ Waller said. ‘‘This horse means so much to the staff, Winx is one thing but the old stalwarts are another thing.’’
Who Shot Thebarman’s Wanganui owners will head back to New Zealand on Monday before returning ahead of the Melbourne Cup with the horse having been placed in Melbourne and Sydney Cups and winning an Auckland Cup.
Waller said the horse deserved another shot at the big race.
‘‘He’s been in the race three times. The first time he ran third. The second time he was knocked over and almost fell. The third time he ran fifth. He ran second in the Sydney Cup only six months ago,’’ Waller said.
‘‘It’s not just about winning the Melbourne Cup, it’s about being a part of the event and it’s very hard to deny owners that opportunity when they buy these horses, look after them for so long and dream like we’re all entitled to.’’
The Chris Waller-trained Libran came second to give the stable the quinella.