AlmandinflyingaheadofCup:Williams

November5,20173:43pm。

byAAP

Co-ownerNickWilliamssaysAlmandinisprimedtowinhissecondMelbourneCup。

TheprospectofAlmandinbecomingadualMelbourneCupwinnerhasthestarstayerthesentimentalfavouriteofthesixrunnersforpart-ownerNickWilliamsinAustraliasmostfamousrace。

WilliamsandhisfatherLloydhaveaninterestinaquarterofthefieldinTuesdaysCupincludinginternationalvisitorsJohannesVermeer,RekindlingandUSArmyRanger,alongwithlocallytrainedimportedstayersBondiBeachandGallante。

ButAlmandinistheoneclosesttoNickWilliamsheart。

IfIcouldpickwhoIwouldlovetowin,itwouldbeAlmandin,Williamssaid。

Butthatsbecausewelovethisrace,wehaveagreatsenseofhistory,wereproudMelburnians,andtohavethehonourofhavingaback-to-backwinnerwouldmeanagreatdealtous。

Sothatsmyheartspeakingasopposedtoprobablyspeakingobjectively。

ButIcouldntputanegativeonAlmandin。

AlmandinwonlastyearsCupcarrying52kgandrisesto56。

5kg。

Heisthe$8favouritetobecomejustthesixthmultiplewinnerintheCupshistory。

WilliamsisadamantAlmandinhasimprovedcomparedto2016whenhewasinhisfirstyearofracinginAustraliaafteralengthylay-off。

Idbereallysurprisedifhedoesntrunablinder,Williamssaid。



Ifyoulookintheracebookitsaysheseightyearsoldbuthesreallysevenyearsold(tonorthernhemispheretime)。

Hemissedtwoyears。

Whenwegothimhewasveryunfurnished。

HewonaGroupTwoinGermany(2014)buthewasmentallynowherenearthere。

Lastyearhecertainlywasntthefinishedarticle。

Thisyearheis。

Wevegotnodoubthesimproved。

Hasheimprovedfour-and-a-halfkilos?

IguesswellknowthatonTuesday。

ButImprettyconfidenthehas。

WilliamssaidhewasnotonlyexcitedaboutAlmandinbutalsothechancesofJohannesVermeerandRekindlingwhoareat$10and$14respectively。