The Melbourne Cup 2016 was held on November 1st in 2016. Known as the Race That Stops a Nation, 2016 did not disappoint with a number of surprises and upsets which kept punters and trainers on their toes. Favourites fell out of contention, outsiders won, and everyone had such a good time that Americans frowned on the decadence.
Melbourne Cup 2016 Favourites
The favourites to win the cup in 2016 were the mighty Hartnell and Oceanographer, both of whom are trained by the Blue Army, otherwise known as Godolphin Racing. Godolphin Racing is the main super syndicate in Australia when it comes to race horses. Outsiders included Almandin and Qewy. Both latter horses placed, upsetting the punters and bookies alike
At the end of the day Almandin came in first, Heartbreak City second and the massive Hartnell only making third place. The connections of Almandin were so excited with their horse’s effort that they were barely containable, both in the winning circle and in the stands. Owned by Lloyd Williams, the horse was trained by Rob Hickmott who has been responsible for his share of winners in the past. Williams has been after a Melbourne Cup win for years, and is pretty cagey about how much money he has spent to finally achieve one.
Almandin’s jockey said that the horse just travelled beautifully. He was fit, ready to go and knew his job. He stayed well and took the winners to win the race.
Second placed Heartbreak City is much smaller than Almandin, running his heart out to beat Hartnell. His jockey commented that he actually thought they had a chance at winning at a stage, but the little horse gave all that he had.
Hartnell in third was a disappointment to his connections but still ran well. He is a better galloper and thus suited to shorter distances. He gave it a good go but just lost it on the last few hundred meters.
Almandin Almost Didn’t Make It
The winning horse Almandin, almost didn’t even make it to the cup. He sustained a series of tendon injuries during his six year old season which saw him resting instead of taking on a lot of the races which should have been preparing him for the Cup. He damaged himself in Germany and was brought over to Australia by Lloyd who sent him to Hickmott for rehabilitation. When he arrived he was pretty much a scrap heap, all broken down. Hickmott brought the seven year old gelding back into work slowly, which resulted in the win at the 2016 Melbourne Cup betting sites.
Almandin’s jockey, Kerrin McEvoy had also never ridden the horse before. It is unusual for a jockey to hop onto a horse for the first time and win a race as big as the Melbourne Cup. McEvoy begged Lloyd for the ride and was eventually given it despite misgivings, proving the quality of McEvoys riding.
As always, the race delivered in every way, and looks set to continue to do so for years to come.