Horse name: Almandin

Age: 7

Sex: Gelding

Trainer: Robert Hickmott

Owner: Team Williams

Country: Australian

Attempt?: Yes

Formline: Melbourne Cup 2016 – more recently, JRA Cup (2500m)

Distance Query?: No

Path?: Melbourne Spring

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Notes: Won the Melbourne Cup in 2016. Didn’t race in autumn but returned impressively in spring in a quality handicap at Moonee Valley carrying top-weight, and was a close second even if to my eye, not asked for a supreme effort.

He then followed that up with absolute belting of his rivals in the JRA Cup over 2500m – discussed more here.

He carried 52kgs in his narrow Melbourne Cup win in 2016 and will carry at least 57kgs after acceptances. He’s in up to his ears if he can hold his form.