Victorian jockey Ben Melham will be aboard popular stayer Who Shot Thebarman when the 10-year-old runs in his fourth Melbourne Cup next Tuesday.
Melham replaces Tye Angland, who’s committed to Ace High.
NZ-owned Who Shot Thebarman bounced back to form last Saturday when finding the line well to finish fourth behind Ventura Storm in the Group 3 Moonee Valley Gold Cup.
Prior to that run trainer Chris Waller had said, “Saturday is obviously an important day in Barman’s career, it could possibly be his last run”.
“As soon as he got to the 200 metre mark I started shaking my head, thinking there’s no stopping now, we’re going back to Flemington,” Waller said.
Who Shot Thebarman missed last year’s Melbourne Cup due to an elevated temperature but in the previous three editions of the world’s richest handicap he’d finished third, fifth and 11th.
He also won the Sydney Cup earlier this year and goes into Tuesday’s two-mile marathon an $81 chance.