Lexus Hotham Stakes Results: Melbourne Cup Field to Feature Ashrun

October 31, 2020

Lexus Hotham Stakes Results: Melbourne Cup Field to Feature Ashrun

German horseman Andreas Wohler is in with a shot at securing his second ‘Loving Trophy’ with his international galloper Ashrun claiming the coveted eleventh-hour slot in the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup field via a Derby Day win in the Hotham Stakes.

In 2014 Wohler won the ‘race that stops a nation’ with Protectionist and he returns on the first Tuesday of November six years on with another Australian Bloodstock-raced stayer, Ashrun donning the same colours.

The French-bred son of Authorized showed nice improvement off his lead-up fourth in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) 10 days ago to earn the final Melbourne Cup ballot exemption for the two-mile classic.

The Geelong Cup form held-up once again with the recent Group 2 Prix Kergorlay runner-up handling a hefty 61kg in the Group 3 $200,000 Lexus Hotham Stakes (2500m) to come from last to first.

It was a patient ride by the event’s now three-time winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy who didn’t panic despite Ashrun being slow into stride and racing at the back without any pace in the race.

“I was a bit worried on the way round,” Wohler admitted post-race.

“He didn’t jump up well and didn’t have the position we wanted…but he just kept going.”

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Hush Writer bowled along in the lead setting only a moderate tempo, which didn’t suit the top-weight who was tucked away on the fence last.

McEvoy however was able to work his way into the finish coming with a late run out wide to swoop the field and hold off the Michael Moroney-trained Sound who was given a peach of a ride by the in-form Jamie Kah back on the inside.

The Lexus Hotham Stakes results also featured the second dead-heat for third from the opening four races at Flemington with nothing between Brimham Rocks and Future Score on the line.

Ashrun has been slashed from $51 into $15 in the pre-field Melbourne Cup 2020 odds online through Ladbrokes.com.au.

He attempts to complete the Lexus Stakes – Melbourne Cup double for the first time since Shocking (2009).

“It’d be great,” Wohler said of potentially winning his second Melbourne Cup trophy.

“We just have to see how he comes out of this race.

“We’ll freshen him up and do everything for his mind and just keep him well.”

In winning the Lexus having previously sat 28th on the order of entry for Tuesday’s time-honoured Cup, Ashrun has also denied fellow international, the Willie Mullins-trained True Self (24th) her start in the capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup field.

The official 2020 Melbourne Cup field of final acceptances will be announced at 4:30pm (AEDT) this afternoon, followed by the all-important Melbourne Cup barrier draw an hour later.

In the meantime, click here for the updated all-in Melbourne Cup 2020 betting markets following the Lexus Hotham Stakes win by Ashrun.

2020 Lexus Hotham Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 ASHRUN (FR) Andreas Wohler Kerrin McEvoy 2 61kg $5.50
2 5 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Kah 0.1L 5 59.5kg $7.50
3 7 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 1.1L 9 58kg $12
3 2 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1.1L 4 60kg $6.50
5 8 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden William Pike 1.6L 1 57.5kg $10
6 10 SCHABAU (GER) Robert Hickmott Mark Zahra 3.6L 8 56.5kg $4.80F
7 11 ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) Paul Preusker Glen Boss 4.1L 3 56kg $5
8 6 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 5.6L 6 58kg $81
9 4 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 8.35L 7 59.5kg $51
10 3 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Craig Williams 9.85L 10 60kg $21
9 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Jye McNeil 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © 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

2021 Golden Rose Stakes Result...

Underwood Stakes 2021 Winner Z...

Underwood Stakes 2021 Winner Zaaki Enjoys Soft Win in Cox Plate Lead-Up

Annabel Neasham’s gun import Zaaki enjoyed a soft second-up win in the 2021...

Likely $2 million The Invitati...

Likely $2 million The Invitation Call-Up for 2021 Golden Pendant Winner Vangelic

Vangelic ran the ideal race to earn an invite into the inaugural $2 million...

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Win...

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Winner Entente Into The Metropolitan

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Entente was good third-up and fit...

The Everest Talks for 2021 Moi...

The Everest Talks for 2021 Moir Stakes Winner Wild Ruler

A decision to save Wild Ruler for a second-up run at The Valley paid off on...

Horse Racing Today

2021 Golden Rose Stakes Result...

Underwood Stakes 2021 Winner Z...

Underwood Stakes 2021 Winner Zaaki Enjoys Soft Win in Cox Plate Lead-Up

Annabel Neasham’s gun import Zaaki enjoyed a soft second-up win in the 2021...

Likely $2 million The Invitati...

Likely $2 million The Invitation Call-Up for 2021 Golden Pendant Winner Vangelic

Vangelic ran the ideal race to earn an invite into the inaugural $2 million...

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Win...

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Winner Entente Into The Metropolitan

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Entente was good third-up and fit...

2021 Underwood Stakes Day: San...

2021 Underwood Stakes Day: Sandown Scratchings & Track Report

Ladbrokes Park at Sandown Hillside is host to the latest Group 1 Melbourne...

Race Results

2021 Golden Rose Stakes Results: In The Congo Beats Anamoe

Underwood Stakes 2021 Winner Zaaki Enjoys Soft Win in Cox Plate Lead-Up

Likely $2 million The Invitation Call-Up for 2021 Golden Pendant Winner Vangelic

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Winner Entente Into The Metropolitan

The Everest Talks for 2021 Moir Stakes Winner Wild Ruler

Race Previews

2021 The Everest Field Update: The Inferno, Libertini Secure Slots

2021 Underwood Stakes Day: Sandown Scratchings & Track Report

2021 Golden Rose Stakes Day: Rosehill Scratchings & Track Report

2021 Moir Stakes Field & Odds Update

Zaaki Dominates 2021 Underwood Stakes Field & Betting

Fields & Form

2021 The Everest Field Update: The Inferno, Libertini Secure Slots

2021 Underwood Stakes Day: Sandown Scratchings & Track Report

2021 Golden Rose Stakes Day: Rosehill Scratchings & Track Report

Moir Stakes Night 2021: Moonee Valley Scratchings & Track Report

2021 Moir Stakes Field & Odds Update