Almandin Will Race Lightly in Prep to Defend 2016 Melbourne Cup
Cautious would be the watch word regarding thoroughbred owner Lloyd Williams’ approach to the autumn racing season, as he will restrict the racing of his star stayers, including 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin, so as to have them well rested and prepared for the major events of the 2017 spring Racing Carnivals.
That tactic has obviously served him well, so deviating from it would be a pointless exercise.
Williams will only run Almandin once, and only in a 1600 m Group 2 ace at Flemington, the Blamey Stakes, where he has traditionally run his horses just to keep them attuned to racing and to see what the other trainers are fielding.
The United States is targeted for the Peter Young Stakes in late February, followed by the Australian Cup, but then rest during the Sydney carnival.
Williams, naturally, is devoting most of his and Almandin’s energy toward a Melbourne Cup double come spring and it would seem that a given his past success, he knows a thing or two about the proper way to direct the career path of his stables, yet he has given Almandin’s trainer Robert Hickmott sufficient leeway when it comes to the nuts and bolts of the day-to-day operations.
Almandin, at seven years of age, has run just 12 races, or roughly what horses such as Tulloch or Phar Lap did in the space of a couple meetings.