Moore the man as Protectionist takes Melbourne Cup
Ryan Moore was the toast of Australia last night, as he partnered German raider Protectionist to an impressive victory in the prestigious Melbourne Cup. So often the go to man for the big occasion, Moore again produced a World class ride on the Andreas Wohler trained 4yo, the first German trained winner of ‘the race that stops the nation’.
Amazingly it was the first Group 1 victory of the Monsun colt’s career, having previously only scored at Group 2 level in his native land and in France earlier this season. Having warmed up for the big one with a third placed finish in a Group 2 at Caulfield earlier in the month, Wohler’s charge came from nearly last to first under a patient ride from more to land one of the most impressive victories of all time in the Cup.
Moore held his charge up from the off and was happy to sit there as My Ambivalent carried the field along at a decent pace. Moore would not make a move until inside the last half mile and having shaken the eventual winner up, found a gap two out before powering through and winning going away by four lengths.
The gallant Red Cadeaux once again showed his love for the big race by finishing second for the third time of his career, staying on better than the third placed Who Shot Thebarman, with Signoff back in fourth. Japanese raider Admire Rakti, who had been sent off the 9/2 favourite was never at the races and eventually trailed in last of the 22 runners.
“He’s a very good horse,” Moore said afterwards. “They went a strong pace early on and I just struggled for a position but he was able to follow Mutual Regard and it was just about finding the space. I had so much horse, he’s won it easy. I’m very pleased for Andreas Wohler, he’s a great trainer.”
Ed Dunlop, trainer of the gallant runner-up, Red Cadeaux, said: “I think we kicked on plenty soon enough for us but the winner was very good on the day and yet again we’ve been second, but what a horse.
“We never lost the faith, my team have done it all – I’ve just turned up. We have an amazing horse. He’s probably going to break another record now as the greatest bridesmaid ever, but we’re always susceptible to these young up and coming horses.
“All credit to a beautifully trained and magnificent winner, but we’re very proud – we’ll have to come back again. We’ll wait and see how he is, he’s old and it takes a lot out of him.
“I’m very proud of the horse, my staff have done a great job and if he’s still up to it I’d like to come again as it’s the greatest race in the world.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Andy Brownbill/AP/Press Association Images
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