Almandin earns Melbourne Cup berth

Almandin earns Melbourne Cup berth

AlmandinearnsMelbourneCupberth

October2,20164:15pm。

byAAP

GermanimportAlmandinhasstormedintocalculationsfortheMelbourneCupaftersecuringastartinthe$6。

2millionracewithadominantwinintheGroupThreeBartCummingsatFlemington。

Racedbyfour-timeCup-winningownerLloydWilliamsandhissonNick,AlmandinwonSundays2500mraceby1-1/2lengths,securingaballotexemptionforthisyearsCupforwhichhehas50kg。

RacingVictoriaschiefhandicapperGregCarpenterwillannounceonMondaywhetherhehasgivenAlmandinaweightpenaltyintheCupforthewin。

AlmandinswinpromptedtheTABtotightenhimfrom$35to$13fortheMelbourneCupandNickWilliamssaidhewaslikelytoheadtotheracewithoutanotherstart。

AlmandindefeatedProtectionistinaGroupTworaceinGermanyinJune,2014beforebeingboughtbytheWilliamsfamily。

LaterthatyeartheAndreasWohler-trainedProtectionistwontheMelbourneCup。

NickWilliamssaidAlmandinhadhadalotofproblemssincearrivinginAustraliawhichmeantheonlymadehislocaldebutfortrainerRobertHickmottinJunethisyear。

HeracedagaininAugustandSeptemberbeforewinningtheHarryWhiteClassiclastSaturday。

Oncewevegothimuptohistripinthesebetterracesheseemstobeimprovingeachtimehegoestotheracesandhopefullyinalittleoverfourweekshemightimproveabitagain,NickWilliamssaid。

AlmandinhasimpressedDamienOliverinhistwowinsinthepasteightdaysandthechampionjockeysaidSundaysvictorywasprettycosy。

Hehadthemcoveredafairwayout,Oliversaid。

HewasupingradeabittodayandwasbackingupinaweekbutIstillthoughthewonquitecomprehensivelyandIthinkhegoesintotheCupagoodlightweightchance。


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