Melbourne Cupisno op­tion now for La­trobe

The Racing Paper - - News -

OWNER Lloyd Williams has con­firmed Ir­ish Derby win­ner La­trobe will not run in this year’s Melbourne Cup.

The three-year-old headed Down Un­der ear­lier this month and he was set to fol­low the same path as Rekin­dling, who won the race in 2017.

La­trobe has en­dured a busy year, com­pet­ing in six races and win­ning two be­fore head­ing to Aus­tralia.

Con­nec­tions have now de­cided to swerve the world fa­mous Melbourne Cup and La­trobe will now run in the LKS Mackinnon Stakes over 10 fur­longs in­stead.

Con­firm­ing plans, Williams told The Age: “La­trobe will not run in the Melbourne Cup.

He will be en­tered in the Group One 2000 me­tre race on the fi­nal day [of the car­ni­val].

“It has been de­cided the Cup this year at 3200 me­tres is too soon fo him.”

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