German Horse Almandin Defeats Hartnell and Jameka Easily
We are always the first to admit when we were wrong, mainly to preempt those who would take pleasure in pointing out our errors, more than out of any moral strength of character, so before anyone can remind us that we picked Oceanographer to win the Melbourne Cup, we right here and now publicly declare that we were a wee bit off.
After the race, we learned that Oceanographer was lame in the off foreleg, slightly restoring our damaged egos.
It was Almandin that won the race, so we humbly await any who picked the $11.00 bay gelding out of Germany as the winner. He had four wins to his name from just 12 starts prior to winning the Cup, nothing above Group 2, which was a 2200 m race in Germany. He came to Australia in July of 2014 and did not race for two years due to a tendon injury sustained shortly after his arrival.
How Almandin was able to jump at only $11.00 instead of somewhere if the 50s or higher completely eludes us.
Kerrin McEvoy rode Almandin masterfully and that pair fought off Joao Moreira and Heartbreak City ($19) to win by a long head.
Almandin only made it into the Big Race by winning the Group 3 Bart Cummings Quality on October 16, so it would be accurate to say that no one saw this coming, at least we will say it, because it salves our feelings.