Lexus Melbourne Cup
Group 1 Handicap, Flemington 04:00 (UK time)
A$7,300,000,
3yo plus, 2m    
Tuesday 5th November 2019

5th March 2019

After finishing last year with victory in a Group Three at Dundalk, Mootasadir started where he left off when making his first start over a mile and a half a triumphant one and taking his all-weather record to five out of five at Wolverhampton on March 4.

Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer will now step the four-year-old back up to pattern-race level after earmarking the Group Three Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes at Newbury, better known as the John Porter, as his next target.

He said: “I am relieved really, because when he ran on his final start last year he won a Group Three – so running in a handicap at Wolverhampton, there is a chance you could end up with egg on your face. ”

“His next start is most likely to be the John Porter at Newbury over a mile and a half as long as the ground is not too soft – although there is a small possibility he could go for the Dubai Gold Cup.

“The long-term aim, an end goal, is for him to be a Melbourne Cup horse – but we have got to jump through various hoops to get there first.”

While Mootasadir has failed to win either of his two starts on the turf, Palmer feels there have been valid reasons for defeat on both occasions.

He added: “He was just going through a growing phase as a three-year-old, plus he doesn’t want an extreme of ground.

“When he ran at Doncaster the heavens opened, and it ended up being bottomless, which he didn’t like. When he ran at Newmarket it was very fast, and he wasn’t happy on it, and Frankie (Dettori) virtually pulled him up.

“He has got excuses for both runs on turf, but he has not done much wrong. Hopefully we can now try and get that win on the turf into him.”

Although Mootasadir still has to prove he can get beyond a mile and a half if he is to contest the ‘race that stops a nation’, Palmer hopes the manner of his latest success is a positive indication.

He said: “He has proved he has stayed this far, but he has obviously got to stay further yet if we want to go to Australia.

“Emma Clutterbuck, who rides him every day, has done a great job with him. He used to be keen over a mile, but he was beautifully settled over that extended mile and a half. He just ticked away to get a lovely run into the race.

“He may have only won by a length and a half – but proving he can settle over that sort of trip was the biggest key”

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Lexus Melbourne Cup 2018 (Group 1 Handicap)
A$ 7,300,000
3yo plus, 2m (3200 Metres)
24 ran

Pos Dr Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (19) Cross Counter 7/1 K Mc Evoy
8-0
C Appleby 3
2nd (10) Marmelo 10/1 J Bowman
8-9
H Morrison 5
3rd (20) A Prince Of Arran (AUS) 16/1 M J Walker
8-5
C Fellowes 6
4th (15) Finche 20/1 Z Purton
8-7
C J Waller 4
5th (21) Rostropovich (IRE) 16/1 W M Lordan
8-0
A P O'Brien 3
6th (8) Youngstar (AUS) 8/1 Craig Williams
8-2
C J Waller 4
7th (14) Sir Charles Road (AUS) 80/1

D Dunn

8-5

L & A Scott 5
Also Ran: Best Solution (IRE) , Cliffs Of Moher (IRE) , Magic Circle (IRE) , Chestnut Coat (JPN) , Muntahaa (IRE) , Sound Check (GER) , Who Shot Thebarman (NZ) , Ace High (AUS) , Avilius , Yucatan (IRE) , Auvray (FR) , Red Cardinal (IRE) , Vengeur Masque (IRE) , Ventura Storm (AUS) , Nakeeta , Zacada (AUS) , Runaway (AUS)

Melbourne Cup Timeline

1861 – The first Melbourne Cup was run and won by Archer, ridden by John Cutts and trained by Etienne De Mestre. The first prize was a gold watch and 930 pounds and the event attracted a crowd 4,000 people.

1865 – The first year a trophy was awarded, which was a silver bowl on a stand with a narrow neck with two ornate handles and topped with a horse and jockey.

1873 – The smallest ever Melbourne Cup field with seven starters.

1875 – The first time the Melbourne Cup was run on the first Tuesday in November.

1877 - Melbourne Cup became a public holiday for Victorians.

1880 – First Melbourne Cup to attract an attendance of 100,000.

1890 – Carbine won the Melbourne Cup in record time (3.28.25) carrying a record weight (65.5kg) in the biggest field ever assembled (39).

1896 – The first ever Melbourne Cup to be captured on film.

1925 – Melbourne radio station 3LO broadcast a live commentary of the Cup for the very first time.

1930 – Phar Lap makes history, winning races on each of the four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

1948 – Photo finishing was used for the first time to decide the winner with Rimfire winning over Dark Marne by a nose length.

1965 – Light Fingers wins the Melbourne Cup to provide Bart Cummings with his first Melbourne Cup win.

1972 – The first metric running of the Melbourne Cup with the two-mile distance becoming 3,200 metres.

1990 – The fastest run Melbourne Cup was won by Kingston Rule in 3:16.3 minutes.

1993 – The first time the great race is won by an international horse, Vintage Crop from Dublin.

2001 – Carbine inducted into the Hall of Fame.