Run over 3200m on November 01, 2016 at Flemington
Trainer: Robert Hickmott
Jockey: K Mc Evoy
Track Conditions: Good(4)
Race Club: VRC
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The Lloyd & Nick Williams-owned Almandin (Monsun-Anatola, by Tiger Hill) has won the 156th running of the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) after claiming a narrow victory over UK stayer Heartbreak City at Flemington yesterday. Sent out as a popular $12 chance, the 7YO German-bred gelding Almandin (Monsun-Anatola, by Tiger Hill) gave Lloyd Williams an historic fifth Cup success when scoring by 0.2 length over Heartbreak City with race favourite Hartnell a further 4.5 lengths back in third. The win improved Almandin's record to 5 wins (including the including the Gr2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmer & Gr3 Bart Cummings Handicap) and 4 placings from 12 starts for $4,152,191 earnings. Williams, whose name is synonymous with the Melbourne Cup, can now lay claim to being the most successful owner in the race's history following his previous wins with Just A Dash (1981), What A Nuisance (1985), Efficient (2007) and Green Moon (2012). "It's big for me [to win a fifth Melbourne Cup] because I'm a Melburnian so I love it," Williams told racing.com. "Rob [trainer Robert Hickmott] has done a super job because he had to be rehabilitated this horse because of a tendon. It actually reminds me of What A Nuisance in 1985 because he had to overcome a suspensory problem." For jockey Kerrin McEvoy it was his second victory in Australia's most famous race after winning on Brew in 2000. "He's been well prepared by Lloyd. Typical of Lloyd he knows what to do in these staying races. It's just a dream to be a part of it again with my second Cup," McEvoy said. "I love these staying races, I love the Melbourne Cup." Almandin also gave his outstanding but ill-fated stallion Monsun yet another winner in the Melbourne Cup. The German bred Monsun, who died in 2012, has now sired three of the last four winners of the race, namely Fiorente in 2013, fellow German stayer Protectionist in 2014, and now Almandin.