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Just three days after winning the Lexus Stakes (2500m) on the same track, Charlie Fellowes trained A Prince of Arran has run third in today’s Melbourne Cup.
The speedy six-year old stalked the pace from a two-wide position around the final turn, and looked a chance at winning as jockey Michael Walker shifted to the outside once a lane opened up down the straight.
In the end it wasn’t enough to hold off Cross Counter, who patiently weaved his way from the very back of the pack to storm home over the final furlong.
Still, Fellowes was wrapped with his horses preparation, especially on a very wet track.
“Unbelievable run, for a horse to run three-days after running over a mile and a half, and winning, on ground we know that’s not his cup of tea, unbelievable” Fellowes said after the race.
The plan ahead for A Prince of Arran is unclear, but his prep so far has been extremely encouraging. He’s run no worse than third in his three starts since arriving in Australia last month, and it’s now to safe to say, we can probably expect to see this premier international stayer back on our shores next Spring.
“If we didn’t have to run three days ago and if we hadn’t have got the rain, jeez he would have gone close,” Fellowes went on to say.
“Michael Walker has given him an absolute belter of a ride and I’ve never experienced anything like it.
“I’ll be back next year.”
A Prince of Arran entered the race as a $5.70 place chance with Ladbrokes.
Full 2018 Melbourne Cup Results:
|1||23||CROSS COUNTER (GB)||Charlie Appleby||Kerrin McEvoy||–||19||51kg||–|
|2||9||MARMELO (GB)||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||1L||10||55kg||–|
|3||17||A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB)||Charlie Fellowes||Michael Walker||3L||20||53kg||–|
|4||13||FINCHE (GB)||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||3.5L||15||54kg||–|
|5||24||ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Wayne Lordan||4.5L||21||51kg||–|
|6||22||YOUNGSTAR||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||5.75L||8||51.5kg||–|
|7||19||SIR CHARLES ROAD||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Dwayne Dunn||8.25L||14||53kg||–|
|8||1||BEST SOLUTION (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Pat Cosgrave||8.75L||6||57.5kg||–|
|9||5||MUNTAHAA (IRE)||John Gosden||Jim Crowley||9.5L||13||55.5kg||–|
|10||16||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||11L||7||54kg||(cd 54.5kg)|
|11||11||YUCATAN (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||James McDonald||11.75L||23||54.5kg||2.5kg|
|12||18||NAKEETA (GB)||Iain Jardine||Regan Bayliss||11.85L||3||53kg||–|
|13||20||ZACADA (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Damian Lane||13.85L||24||53kg||–|
|14||4||CHESTNUT COAT (JPN)||Yoshito Yahagi||Yuga Kawada||16.1L||4||55.5kg||–|
|15||15||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||16.3L||2||54kg||–|
|16||3||MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE)||Ian Williams||Corey Brown||19.55L||17||56kg||–|
|17||7||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||22.55L||18||55.5kg||–|
|18||6||SOUND CHECK (GER)||Michael Moroney||Jordan Childs||27.55L||16||55.5kg||–|
|19||21||RUNAWAY||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||28.05L||12||52kg||1.5kg|
|20||8||ACE HIGH||David Payne||Tye Angland||28.15L||22||55kg||–|
|21||12||AUVRAY (FR)||Richard Freedman||Tommy Berry||68.15L||1||54kg||–|
|22||10||AVILIUS (GB)||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||69.15L||11||54.5kg||1.5kg|
|23||14||RED CARDINAL (IRE)||Darren Weir||Damien Oliver||69.55L||5||54kg||–|
|FF||2||THE CLIFFSOFMOHER (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||–||9||56.5kg||–|
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