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Williams Says Cup Too Soon for Constantinople

Tuesday, 5th November 2019

Prominent owner Nick Williams believes that Melbourne Cup third favourite Constantinople (Galilieo-One Moment In Time, by Danehill) isn't mentally ready for the task of the Cup on Tuesday. Together with his father Lloyd, Williams considered the stallion's prospects when he was offered for sale by Coolmore, but it was trainer David Hayes who purchased the son of Galileo to set him for the Melbourne Cup. "I don't think Constantinople is ready myself," Williams said. "He's got some tricks. In 2020, if David [Hayes] can keep him on his feet, I'd be surprised if he wasn't just about heading up the market." An unlucky fourth in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) hasn't changed Williams' opinion, according to The Daily Telegraph. "The Melbourne Cup is one of the great races in the world, it's very rare you win that race with horses that aren't quite there or have any chinks in their armour. I think it may come too soon for him this year, that horse." The Williams pair instead will be focussing their attention on their three Cup hopefuls - Latrobe, Master Of Reality and Twilight Payment - in an attempt to win the race for the seventh time.

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