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Almandin Wins Listed Japan Racing Association Trophy

Monday, 18th September 2017

J: D Oliver
T: Robert Hickmott
W: 61 kgs
S: Monsun
D: Anatola
J: K Mc Evoy
T: Robert Hickmott
W: 54 kgs
S: Galileo
D: Aleagueoftheirown
J: B Melham
T: Robert Hickmott
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Galileo
D: Dietrich
J: Craig Williams
T: D K Weir
W: 54 kgs
S: Raise The Flag
D: Malozza

Reigning Melbourne Cup winner Almandin (Monsun-Anatola, by Tiger Hill) turned in arguably the performance of the spring thus far when cruising to a breathtaking win in the $120,000 Listed Japan Racing Association Trophy (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday. Burdened under a huge 61kg impost, the German-bred stayer demonstrated his potent affinity with the famous Flemington circuit and his significant staying prowess when scoring an effortless 2.75 length win under a hands-and heels ride from Damien Oliver. The champion jockey even had the cheek to steal several peeps over his shoulder in the straight. Almandin is now the $9 favourite with TAB to become just the fifth horse in history to win back-to-back Melbourne Cups, joining inaugural Cup winner Archer (1861 & 62), Rain Lover (1968 & 69), Think Big (1974 & 75) and Makybe Diva (2003-05). When asked if Almandin was likely to progress to the Caulfield Cup en route to the Melbourne Cup, Nick Williams, son of owner Lloyd Williams said: "I think it's on the table, yeah. I was saying the other day it's very simple; the horse will tell us where he goes." Williams added: "Whether that's the Bart Cummings, the Herbert Power, the Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate, the Moonee Valley Cup…dad will make that decision in due course." Almandin advanced his record to 6 wins (including the Melbourne Cup, Gr2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmer & Gr3 Bart Cummings Handicap) and 5 placings from 14 starts for $4,246,291 in earnings.

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