MELBOURNE JOY FOR MCEVOY, BUT GODOLPHIN WAIT GOES ON
Almandin storms to victory in Australia’s richest horse race
Godolphin are still searching for their first Emirates Melbourne Cup victory after Hartnell and Qewy had to settle for third and fourth at Flemington.
Almandin stormed down the straight to edge Heartbreak City by a long head and win the 156th Melbourne Cup and give owner Lloyd Williams a record fifth victory and jockey Kerrin McEvoy his second win in the two-mile classic.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin stable had high hopes for pre-race favourite Hartnell, but the Dubai-based team insist they will be back next year for another attempt at winning Australia’s richest race.
Godolphin had five starters and chief executive and racing manager John Ferguson said: “At the end of the day to come here and finish third and fourth is a great achievement.
“I’m absolutely delighted with the way the team has operated and, most importantly, we’ll keep trying.”
Trainer John O’Shea said he was delighted with Hartnell’s effort. O’Shea said: “I’m extremely proud of him. He was wide for much of the race and he still put himself into it.
“He’s had a wonderful preparation and the team have done a fantastic job to get him to where he is.”
Meanwhile, trainer Charlie Appleby believes Qewy performed way beyond the team’s expectations. Appleby said: “Qewy’s gone and run the race of his life. We came here without even being in the race, we won our way into the Melbourne Cup and we’ve done well. We’ve also learned a lot and we’ll be back with a bigger team next year.”
Winning horse Almandin, a sevenyear-old German-bred gelding, was a dream to ride, according to jockey McEvoy, who won the Melbourne Cup with Brew in 2000.
McEvoy said: “How lucky am I? The elation is unreal. He has been well prepared and he travelled well.
“All we needed was a good run. The more I looked at it before the race, the more confident I got.
“It’s a great buzz to get the job done. He’s a great little horse.
“It’s a dream come true. I love the Melbourne Cup.”
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BY A HEAD: Almandin (left) wins the Emirates Melbourne Cup ahead of Heartbreak City