Mullins Mulls Over Melbourne Cup Bid for Clondaw Warrior

August 15, 2016

DEPOSIT $100 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Mullins Mulls Over Melbourne Cup Bid for Clondaw Warrior

Irish horseman William Mullins is seriously considering a trip down under for the 2016 Melbourne Cup on November 1 with his veteran stayer Clondaw Warrior.

Max Dynamite

The William Mullins-trained Clondaw Warrior could join stablemate Max Dynamite (pictured) on a 2016 Melbourne Cup bid down under this spring. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Racing as a nine-year-old in Europe, the son of Overbury would be a 10-year-old in Australian racing terms and no Melbourne Cup winner in the past 30 plus years has been older than seven.

Mullins enjoyed a second in last year’s $6 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) quinella with his Great Journey gelding – that season’s Lonsdale Cup winner – Max Dynamite running a half-length off the upset 101/1 winner Prince Of Penzance.

He has Max Dynamite, last seen finishing sixth to Order Of St George in the Ascot Gold Cup in mid-June, on a possible path to the Melbourne Cup field again this season.

The horseman is also hoping to get a nice weight off Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter for stablemate Clondaw Warrior who earned consideration for the ‘race that stops a nation’ over the weekend.

The warhorse caught the eye with a second behind Da Big Hoss in the Grade 3 American St Leger (2615m) in the USA at Arlington.

Pre-race Mullins wasn’t sure about aiming the galloper at the Melbourne Cup, but after the gutsy performance he was all for looking at the famous Flemington feature over the two miles.

“He’s a long shot this minute, but we’ll see how he goes today,” Mullins told the media an hour before kick-off on Saturday.

“He looked like he wanted every bit of it there,” the trainer then said of the step-up in distance the galloper would have to handle for the Melbourne Cup bid.

“He might have one more run [in England or Ireland]. We’ll see. He’ll have to improve a little in the weights to get into the race, but we’d love to go if we can.

“It’s incredible to think he’s still improving.

“Every day he comes out he runs a good race. He’s tough. He’s reliable. He goes on good to firm ground. And he stays. Only age is against him.”

The aforementioned Ascot Gold Cup winner Order Of St George is the current $11 favourite in ante-post Melbourne Cup betting at

Max Dynamite is the equal $17 second favourite to go one better than his second last year with the 2014 Melbourne Cup fourth-placed Signoff for last year’s winning trainer Darren Weir.

Owner of the weekend’s American St Leger winner Harvey Diamond said he has been approached to bring Da Big Hoss down under, but that he wasn’t tipping the horse to become the first American-trained runner in the Melbourne Cup.

“It’s in the back of my mind,” Diamond said.

“I’ve heard from a trainer who’s very interested in him coming over and had proposed a few different ideas.

“It would take the right person making the right invitation with the right plans.

“It’s a long way. If we took him over there, we’d probably leave him for a year and hopefully find a syndication or a stud job over there.”

To check out the full Melbourne Cup 2016 betting odds and options make sure you’ve got an account open online at – home of the $500 first time depositors’ bonus with use of the code BETBONUS!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 Geo...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 George Moore Stakes

Heavy midweek rainfall in Brisbane has put the George Moore Stakes 2017 run of...

Horse Racing Today

Trapeze Artist heads up 2018 E...

Thronum to chase G1 glory afte...

Thronum to chase G1 glory after 2018 Australia Stakes win

Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig will now step Thronum up to Group 1...

Pierata heads up final field f...

Pierata heads up final field for 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The in-form Greg Hickman trained Pierata heads up a final field of sixteen...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emerge...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

The David Atkins trained Jonker will carry the number one saddlecloth in the...

Pierata chasing huge payday in...

Pierata chasing huge payday in 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The Greg Hickman trained three year old Pierata is in the running for a huge...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field