Powerful local owner Lloyd Williams has settled on a four-horse team of Irish raiders to complement locally-trained entires for his crack at a seventh Melbourne Cup.
Williams covets the Melbourne Cup above all other Australian races. He has claimed the Flemington prize with the likes of Just A Dash (1982), What A Nuisance (1985) and Almandin (2016) over the last 40 years.
Williams last won the Melbourne Cup in 2017 with the Joseph O’Brien-trained Rekindling.
O’Brien trains Williams’ horses in Ireland but the owner also retains a smaller local string with Danny O’Brien preparing Melbourne Cup entries King Of Leogrance, Orderofthegarter and Saracen Knight.
Joseph O’Brien and Williams were narrowly denied with Master Of Reality last year. Master Of Reality was second over the line to Vow And Declare but was later demoted to fourth on protest.
Master Of Reality will be on the plane to Melbourne for another shot at the $8 million event after his comfortable win in a Listed race at Down Royal in Ireland on September 4.
Lloyd Williams has his eyes on the Melbourne Cup every year. Picture: Julian SmithSource:AAP
Twilight Payment will be another Williams-owned runner bound for a second shot at a Melbourne Cup after his midfield finish in 2019.
Twilight Payment posted an eight-length win in the Group 2 Curragh Cup two starts back before a solid third in the Group 1 Irish St Leger on Sunday.
Buckhurst will be another of the O’Brien and Williams team members after his fifth with 63.5kg at Group 3 level on Saturday while Pondus was set to be another traveller for the camp.
Racing Victoria’s chief scout Paul Bloodworth said he expected Joseph O’Brien to book five, possibly six spots, on the sole Melbourne shipment this year, which is due to arrive on October 2.
“Joseph will have five and the only other one that he’s got that he was thinking of bringing was Patrick Sarsfield,” Bloodworth said.
“I think he’ll make a decision on him. He ran OK on the weekend without going sensationally.”
Originally published asLloyd picks Irish Melbourne Cup squad
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