The Sportsman Special Issue - - Melbourne Cup 2018 - CARYL WIL­LIAMSON

ENGLISH stayer A Prince Of Arran has won his way into the Mel­bourne Cup with a stir­ring vic­tory in the Lexus Stakes at Flem­ing­ton.

His trainer Char­lie Fel­lowes would have pre­ferred not to run A Prince Of Arran on Satur­day but with the six-yearold just out­side the 24-horse limit for the Cup, his hand was forced.

A Prince Of Arran has firmed from $34 to $15 for the Cup on Tues­day but 32-year-old Fel­lowes was just as ex­cited about what he de­scribes at the big­gest win of his ca­reer.

“That’s the big­gest win of my ca­reer to date. It’s the first Group win of my ca­reer,” he said.

“To win at a mas­sive day like to­day it’s huge.

“Get­ting into the Cup is amaz­ing and we’ll now hope­fully en­joy the next cou­ple of days and the build-up as much as we can”

A Prince Of Arran was rid­den by Michael Walker who will ride him at 53kg on Tues­day with hand­i­cap­per Greg Car­pen­ter de­cid­ing not to pe­nalise the horse for the win.

“I hit the front too early but noth­ing was tak­ing me into the race, and in these stay­ing races, these Euro­pean horses keep go­ing,” Walker said.

“He was pretty strong at the fin­ish and I’m look­ing for­ward to Tues­day.”

Fel­lowes has al­ways thought highly of geld­ing who is now jus­ti­fy­ing his train­ers be­lief.

“He’s al­ways been the ap­ple of my eye be­cause he’s a very good look­ing horse.

“He was very quirky as a young horse and I al­ways wor­ried that he wouldn’t ac­tu­ally ful­fil his po­ten­tial.

“This year he re­ally is do­ing what I hoped he would be able to do when he was younger.”

“I shouldn’t be com­plain­ing but I feel for the own­ers.

“We’ve come this far and come so close.”

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