Lloyd Williams has won four Melbourne Cups and has four runners on Tuesday, but says it’s a race for allcomers

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Lloyd Williams, one of Australia’s most successful racehorse owners, insists Tuesday’s $6.2 million Melbourne Cup is completely open to allcomers, not just corporate interests with the deepest pockets.

When final acceptances were taken on Saturday night, Williams had four runners in Australia’s most important race, while the huge, state-of-the-art racing operation Godolphin had a record five s in the 3200-metre event.

However, Williams, 76, looking for his fifth Melbourne Cup win, says the race can be won by anyone, from anywhere.

“I won the Melbourne Cup with What A Nuisance in 1986. When I got him he was a broken-down hurdler,” he said.

“And last year, Prince Of Penzance was beautifully trained by Darren Weir to win the race and he’s not coming from a huge financial background.”

Williams’  four runners on Tuesday are: Bondi Beach, Gallante, Almandin and Assign.

“I don’t think when you talk about Melbourne Cups or 3200-metre races that it is just down to the wealthiest. The race is littered with examples of horses from obscurity coming and winning our race.

“I love the race because I’m a Melburnian. I’m 76 and have been watching Melbourne Cups for 70 years. It’s so much part of the sporting landscape,” he said.

Williams points out that there are multiple examples that prove  you don’t need the best-bred horses to win the race.

“We talk about the overseas contingent. Let’s look at two of them, Wicklow Brave and Heartbreak City, they’re both castoffs.They went elsewhere from their original base and  they are now in Australia as castoffs running in the Melbourne Cup,” he said.

Of his own contingent, Williams said: “They’ve all done well. They’ve had faultless preparations. I don’t train Bondi Beach as Aidan O’Brien has him under his care, but he is also extremely happy at the progress he’s made coming into the Cup.

“This year’s Cup is very even with many chances when you go through it.”

Bondi Beach, who drew barrier five,  has been kept safe by bookmakers.  As much as $26 was given about him but he is now  a $9 chance.

“I’m going into the Melbourne Cup with a team of horses that are very fit and healthy. I hope they can be successful and wouldn’t it be great if Katelyn Mallyon could win the race [on Assign]. She’s got a lovely ability to gauge tempo and timing. In fact I saw her grandfather Mick Mallyon win a Caulfield Cup  leading all the way,” Williams said.

Godolphin,  who are  yet to win a Melbourne Cu[p despite numerous tries,   have Hartnell, Beautiful Romance, Oceanographer, Secret Number and Qewy  in the Cup.

Williams won’t be at Flemington on Tuesday,  instead  watching his three Mount Macedon-trained stayers being  loaded onto the  float before  watching  the race on TV at home.

“After the Cup I”ll just wait and see that all the horses get home safely and hopefully successfully.”

“I”m quite happy being up here. I’m not a great one for interviews. And yes, : five Melbourne Cups would be great but in no way has the Melbourne Cup left the hands of anyone who’s got a good stayer and a bit of patience,” he said. The ultimate racing form guide with free tips, live odds and alerts for all racing.

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