The Races.com.au team’s tip to win the Melbourne Cup 2014, Protectionist got the job done at Flemington Racecourse today becoming the first German-trained winner of ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’.
In a barnstorming run the Andreas Wohler-trained Monsun stallion left his rivals for dead in this year’s $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) beating home perennial runner-up Red Cadeaux ($21) by just over four lengths with Chris Waller’s Auckland Cup winner Who Shot Thebarman ($21) a brave third.
A former amateur jockey turned world class trainer, Wohelr has trained winners all around the globe but today’s ‘Loving Trophy’ was the pinnacle of his career.
“We’ve had great success all over but that’s the biggest of all,” he said after the all-important win.
“It’s unbelievable. Later we will think about it. It’s a moment you won’t forget in your life.
“It’s a big achievement.
“Thanks to the owner…it’s a long way (to come to Australia).”
In a top training performance Wohler bought the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) winner down under and gave him an earlier run on a Melbourne track back on October 11.
That day the five-year-old ran a slashing fourth in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) and it was just what he needed to sharpen up ahead of his first two mile test.
Not only did the German see out the two miles, Protectionist ($8) thrived over it today in front of a roaring crowd to become the third horse in the past five years to win the Melbourne Cup following a Prix Kergorlay run along with the French-trained duo Americain (2010) and Duanden (2011).
Today’s Melbourne Cup winner was given a gun ride from barrier 10, the first victory for the gate since Japan’s Delta Blues (2006), by internationally performed jockey Ryan Moore who set his own record today.
“Ryan is a superstar,” was the report from today’s winning Melbourne Cup trainer.
Moore was in the winners’ stall at Moonee Valley on October 25 aboard the Irish raider Adelaide in Australasia’s weight-for-age classic and became the first jockey since Greg Hall back in 1992 to win the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup on different horses in the same season.
As for the race favourite Admire Rakti, the Caulfield Cup winner over-raced in the early stages and was right up on a suicidal pace with the UK mare My Ambivalent.
Coming round the home turn however he was right out of the race, pulled up by jockey Zac Purton to eventually cross the line last, something obviously amiss with the punters’ pick who later collapsed in the stalls after the race.
Protectionist meanwhile was settled midfield off the pace with Moore giving him a patient and well-timed ride before finishing off with a powerful burst to absolutely smash the competition in this year’s Melbourne Cup field.
“He was so patient,” Wohler said of Moore.
At the top of the straight Ed Dunlop’s veteran nine-year-old European Red Cadeaux, who had been caught wide earlier, was poised for his run.
In his fourth consecutive Melbourne Cup appearance the son of Cadeaux Genereux did what no horse before him had done and run second in the race for a third time.
His first was in the closest Melbourne Cup result in history behind Duanden in 2011 before he improved on an eighth to Green Moon the following year when second to Fiorente 12 months ago.
He looked a genuine shot at finally being first past the post after hitting the front with 300m left to travel in the famous Flemington feature before Moore let down on Protectionist.
Shuffled back at the 800m mark, Moore didn’t lose his cool and looked for runs between horses.
He found the gap he needed and flew, racing away over the final 100m to score an emphatic victory for Germany.
“He stays and he has a nice turn of foot that he showed in the Herbert Power,” Wohler said of Protectionist.
“We just needed a smooth ride.
“He found the right gap and whak! That’s it!”
It was also an excellent effort from the Chris Waller-trained Who Shot Thebarman, previously undefeated at the track, who would have gained a few fans when a further half length away to finish off the Melbourne Cup trifecta.
In fourth was then Darren Weir’s Lexus Stakes winner from three days ago Signoff, the light weight of the race six lengths off the winner with Joao Moreira in the mount ahead of the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Willing Foe (5th) and Bart Cummings’ shot at a 13th Melbourne Cup Precedence who was eight lengths away sixth as an $81 roughie.
“Very easy, very good horse,” the winning hoop declared.
“Finding the splits I had so much horse underneath me.
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2014 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order
Flemington Race 7 – 04/11/2014
|1||5||PROTECTIONIST (GER)||Andreas Wohler||Ryan Moore||–||10||56.5kg||$8|
|2||4||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||G Mosse||4L||14||57kg||$21|
|3||12||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||4.5L||12||55kg||$21|
|4||24||SIGNOFF (IRE)||Darren Weir||Joao Moreira||6L||15||51kg (cd 51.5kg)||$8|
|5||13||WILLING FOE (USA)||Saeed Bin Suroor||James McDonald||7L||16||55kg||$31|
|6||15||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||Michael Rodd||8L||18||54.5kg||$81|
|7||21||ARALDO (GB)||Michael Moroney||Dwayne Dunn||9.25L||22||53kg||$21|
|8||18||AU REVOIR (IRE)||Andre Fabre||Glyn Schofield||10.75L||21||53.5kg||$71|
|9||7||SEISMOS (IRE)||Marco Botti||Craig Newitt||12.5L||1||56kg||$91|
|10||3||FAWKNER||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||12.9L||8||57kg||$8.50|
|11||20||OPINION (IRE)||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||15.15L||13||53.5kg||$71|
|12||10||GATEWOOD (GB)||John Gosden||William Buick||15.25L||20||55kg||$61|
|13||22||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||Kerrin McEvoy||15.55L||2||53kg||$7|
|14||11||MUTUAL REGARD (IRE)||Johnny Murtagh||Damien Oliver||17.3L||11||55kg||$9|
|15||16||BRAMBLES (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||20.55L||19||54kg||$81|
|16||23||UNCHAIN MY HEART||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dean Yendall||23.3L||4||51.5kg||$101|
|17||14||MY AMBIVALENT (IRE)||Roger Varian||Andrea Atzeni||24.55L||3||54.5kg||$31|
|18||8||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||28.55L||6||55.5kg||$21|
|19||19||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||Ben Melham||31.55L||9||53.5kg||$71|
|20||9||ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE)||Johnny Murtagh||Steven Arnold||47.55L||5||55.5kg||$101|
|21||17||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||Chad Schofield||47.95L||17||54kg||$201|
|22||1||ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN)||Tomoyuki Umeda||Zac Purton||72.95L||7||58.5kg||$5.50F|
|–||2||CAVALRYMAN (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Craig Williams||–||0||–||–|
|–||6||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||Tommy Berry||–||0||–||–|