Almandin (Will not be nom for the Cups, has been taken out of Spring Markets)
Flemington Sportsbet fixed odds: Melbourne Cup $35
Form Summary: 6 starts, 2-3-1, $89,158 prize money
Distance range of career wins: 2040-2200
Key form line races: Won 2014 Group 2 Grosser Preis Der Baidschen Unternehmer
Despite joining the Lloyd Williams/ Robert Hickmott stable in 2014 we are yet to see this six-year-old galloper in an Australian race. However, his 2014 form lines through Protectionist make him worthy of consideration in the 2015 Cups.
His first five career starts yielded a win in a maiden race and four placings in maiden or allowance races. He was among the outsiders in his debut at Group level – in the Group 2 Grosser Preis Der Baidschen Unternehmer – but defied the odds to beat home Protectionist by three quarters of a length at set weights.
This performance saw Lloyd Williams attempt to buy both horses after the race. “I wanted to buy both those horses after that race, but they would only sell me 50 per cent of Protectionist so I just bought Almandin,” Williams has since been reported as saying.
Williams had Melbourne Cup success with an overseas-bred galloper in 2012 when Green Moon saluted. While his stable has had a relatively quiet 2015 to date, they can never be counted out.