Nick Williams and father Lloyd (right) are wary of the form of Max Dynamite in the Cup.
Nick Williams and father Lloyd (right) are wary of the form of Max Dynamite in the Cup.

Williams’ Cup six fears Dynamite explosion

THE Williams family has the weight of numbers with six runners in the Melbourne Cup, armed with the ruling favourite and quality international contenders.

But even with defending champion Almandin, Johannes Vermeer and Rekindling in their corner, the Cup's most successful ownership group is wary of a horse that has raced only four times in two years.

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"We're really happy with all six of runners," Nick Williams said.

"But I've been watching Max Dynamite and if I'm having any multiples, I'll be putting him in.

"He's flying, Max Dynamite. He's going to be hard to beat at the weights.

"There are some beautiful horses down here at Werribee, but Max Dynamite is the one that's taken my eye."

Max Dynamite has rarely been seen since his controversial Cup second to Prince Of Penzance two years ago.

Injury has curtailed the veteran's career, restricting him to just a handful of runs, including one over jumps.

Almandin stormed to victory in last year’s Melbourne Cup and is a fancy to go back-to-back. Picture: Ian Currie
Almandin stormed to victory in last year’s Melbourne Cup and is a fancy to go back-to-back. Picture: Ian Currie

But he retains a lethal sprint, as displayed at Werribee and during a last-start win with 73kg at Killarney.

Williams' father Lloyd is the most successful owner in Cup history with five wins - Just A Dash, What A Nuisance, Efficient, Green Moon and Almandin.

Apart from Almandin, Rekindling and Johannes Vermeer, Macedon Lodge will also be represented by US Army Ranger, Gallante and Bondi Beach.

Williams says Caulfield Cup third placegetter Johannes Vermeer has "done nothing wrong since he's been in the country."

"There seems to be doubts about him staying the trip, I can tell you there are no doubts in the camp," Williams said.

"We are very confident. I know Aidan (O'Brien) is very keen.

"When horses get on a plane to come to Australia, they seem to either gain a furlong or lose a furlong.

"This horse seems to have gained a furlong. He hasn't missed a beat."

Nick and Lloyd Williams are right in the hunt for another Melbourne Cup victory. Picture: Ian Currie
Nick and Lloyd Williams are right in the hunt for another Melbourne Cup victory. Picture: Ian Currie

Williams said Rekindling, an unlucky fourth in the St Leger, was conceding experience and maturity but was seriously talented.

But his pick of the string is Almandin.

"The race book says he's eight but he's really only seven," he said.

"He missed two years with injury and even last year he wasn't the finished article.

"This year, I think he is the finished article and he's going really well.

"Can he carry 4.5kg more? We'll find out on Tuesday.

"I'm very excited Almandin and also Johannes Vermeer and Rekindling.

"But Almandin is, if I can pick who I'd love to win, is Almandin because we love this race, we have a great sense of history, we're proud Melburnians and to have the honour of having a back to back winner would mean a great deal to us.

"I couldn't put a negative on Almandin. He's on great order.

"The whole three are going into the race in triple A condition and, given that luck in the race, they'll be fighting out the finish."


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