Prince Of Arran Puts Forward Melbourne Cup Claim With Bold Geelong Cup Win

October 23, 2019

Prince Of Arran Puts Forward Melbourne Cup Claim With Bold Geelong Cup Win

The Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince Of Arran looks a strong chance to move up the order entry ahead of next fortnight’s Melbourne Cup (3200m) after claiming a convincing victory in the Geelong Cup (2400m).

The seven-year-old was outstanding on Wednesday saluting for punters who loaded up on the favourite. After a slow tempo was set in the early goings, Prince Of Arran once again showed the same dazzling turn of foot down the straight that Australian racing fans have come to expect.

Prince Of Arran has firmed onto the third line of Melbourne Cup betting. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Jockey Michael Walker had some work to do as he got on the whip with a furlong to go. True Self, who was the late market mover with Ladbrokes.com.au, posed a real threat on the outside, but Prince Of Arran had just enough left to go on and win by a head.

Prince Of Arran showcased the same speed a fortnight ago at Caulfield when second in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) behind The Chosen One. Now, he and jockey Michael Walker will be hoping to improve on their third placing in last year’s Melbourne Cup in a fortnight’s time.

“Hopefully we get a run in the Cup now. He did it the hard way,” Walker said following Wednesday’s win.

“People were changing their tactic in the race wanting to go forward with Haky wanting the speed. I was in the gates thinking ‘this is going to be a disaster’, because he doesn’t usually jump that good. Twice he didn’t jump good, Melbourne Cup last year and today. I got there so easy, but I’m doing it the hard way because I’m doing all the donkey work bringing the field up to the leader. He was off the bit at the corner but as soon as he hit the straight he shot out. He’s got a heart bigger than anyone on this course today.”

Only three horses have completed the Geelong Cup-Melbourne Cup double since the year 2000. Prince Of Arran is now hoping to join Media Puzzle (2002), Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) in making history on the first Tuesday in November.

Bookmakers at Ladbrokes.com.au have already acted accordingly firming Prince Of Arran from $31.00 into $16.00 in their All-In Melbourne Cup betting market.

Red Cardinal, who failed to run a place in last year’s Melbourne Cup, also ran home strongly on Wednesday to finish fourth. Red Cardinal holds a nomination for this year’s Melbourne Cup alongside True Self ($26), who ran bravely for second, and Haky, who saw out the trip well for third.

Full 2019 Melbourne Cup odds can be viewed here.

2019 Geelong Cup Results & Finishing Order

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 3 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 11 58kg $4.20F
2 10 TRUE SELF (IRE) William Mullins John Allen 0.2L 1 56.5kg $4.60
3 9 HAKY (IRE) John Hammond Ms Linda Meech 1.7L 3 57kg $26
4 4 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 2.1L 10 58kg $26
5 7 RED GALILEO (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Patrick Cosgrave 2.3L 4 57.5kg $13
6 11 SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 3.3L 7 54kg $5.50
7 8 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 4.55L 8 57.5kg $6
8 6 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith Craig Williams 4.75L 2 57.5kg $21
9 2 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Currie 4.85L 6 58kg $31
10 5 DAL HARRAILD (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 8.35L 5 57.5kg $10
11 1 MUNTAHAA (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 9.6L 9 58kg $101

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