Fellowes Targets 2021 Melbourne Cup with Prince of Arran

| December 9, 2020

The Lexus Melbourne Cup of 2021 will be Charlie Fellowes’ target with his globetrotting thoroughbred Prince of Arran, who put in another sterling performance in Tuesday’s Cup.

The marvel completed in the third position behind Twilight Payment and Tiger Moth at Flemington, beaten three quarters a length. In 2019, he finished in the second position, and on his first attempt in 2018, he completed the race in the third position.

Fellowes, who was following the race from home due to the world pandemic, said that it is remarkable to finish in the placings again. To finish in the top three by itself is great, and only a few horses have done so over the past years. With Twilight Payment impressing horse racing punters after winning the Melbourne cup 2020, the 2021 edition of the competition is much anticipated.

On the Melbourne Cup results, Charlie Fellowes was proud of his horse, Aled Beech, who has recorded fantastic results with him. He was also proud of Jamie Kah, who was riding in her first Melbourne cup and rode a beautiful race.

He added that it was difficult not to look at the race and wonder what might have been. He said that was it not for the unclear run on the bends; he would have finished in a better position than the third place. However he would not have been any more proud of his horse if he had finished in second or first place.

Unlike the past two years, Prince of Arran is set to return straight to Newmarket and not race at Hong Kong next month, with Fellowes is keen to build around Australia’s most famous race again next season.

According to Fellowes, he needs to talk to the owner and the owner’s racing manager. He sees no reason not to race while he is happy, healthy, and loving his racing. There is no reason at all to retire the horse.

He added that, for this year, he wouldn’t be taken to Hong Kong; instead, the focus will be getting him back down to have a fourth try at the Melbourne Cup.

Prince of Arran is planned to participate in very few Saudi Arabia events, Dubai, one run in England, and two in Australia, one of them being the Melbourne Cup.

Twilight Payment, who was trained by Joseph O’Brien, scooped the first position in the Melbourne Cup and became the sixth European winner of the Melbourne Cup in the last decade. This feat had only been witnessed twice in the history of the race before 2010.

According to Fellowes, the success rate does not come as a surprise. Fellowes believes that they are good at breeding the best stayers and great at training them. The Aussies have the bragging rights for the sprinters, but we prepare the stayers very well.

The other European runner completed the tenth position, 15th, 20th and 21st positions, respectively. Anthony Van Dyck was sadly put down due to an injury.

Prince of Arran would have been the only British-trained winner. That is after Cross Counter triumphed for Charlie Appleby in 2018.

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