A Prince Of Arran has booked his spot in the Lexus Melbourne Cup after winning Saturday’s Lexus Stakes. The five-year-old returned to the winners’ circle for the first time since February to beat Brimham Rocks by half-a-length at Flemington.
Indeed, A Prince Of Arran’s victory was actually far more comfortable than the margin of victory suggests as Kiwi-born jockey Michael Walker eased him over the line.
A Prince Of Arran has subsequently earned a spot in Tuesday’s Lexus Stakes and owner Charlie Fellowes admitted it was the biggest win of his career. “That’s the biggest win of my career, it’s my first Group win and to win on a massive day like today is huge,” Fellowes said.
“Getting into the Cup is amazing and we’ll hopefully enjoy the next couple of days and the build-up as much as we can. “I can’t believe we’re in the big one on Tuesday. This was our Derby, this was the race that we needed to win.
Anything from now on is a bonus. I’m just over the moon. Michael gave him a lovely ride and we got there a bit too soon as he doesn’t do much in front but his jockey said he picked up again when the other one came to him and we were always holding on to the line.
“Let’s just hope he comes out of the race okay and we’ll do whatever we can to freshen him up and run again Tuesday.”