Al­mandin storms to vic­tory in Aus­tralia’s rich­est horse race

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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.”

18 Years Godol­phin have en­tered horses in the Mel­bourne Cup

BY A HEAD: Al­mandin (left) wins the Emi­rates Mel­bourne Cup ahead of Heartbreak City

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