A power failure in the photo finish booth caused a delay to the Group III Lexus Stakes but a print wasn’t required as A Prince of Arran (Michael Walker) booked his Melbourne Cup position with victory in the Lexus Stakes today.
A Prince Of Arran, pictured below, chased the impressive Yucatan when third in the Group II Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield but improved off that effort to give young British trainer Charlie Fellowes his first Melbourne Cup runner.
A Prince Of Arran’s year started with a Dubai campaign before he headed to England, the US and back to England for races before his Australian trip but Fellowes said the son of Shirocco has thrived since arriving in Melbourne.
“Plans don’t often come off like they did there but he’s been in great form,” Fellowes said.
“He’s travelled over here so well and the girl who traveled with him, Natasha, has done the most unbelievable job all year, even from the beginning of the year in Dubai.
“I can’t believe we’re in the big one on Tuesday.
“This was our Derby . This was the race that we needed to win. Anything from now on is a bonus. We’ll freshen him up, hopefully he comes out of it good and we’ll give it our best shot on Tuesday.”
Walker didn’t have a Cup ride until today. He will ride A Prince of Arran at 53kgs on Tuesday.