"Obviously I am very grateful that I have the ride on Almandin
, although it was in difficult circumstances.
shades Heartbreak City at the finishing line.
McEvoy, who won his first Melbourne Cup with Brew in 2000, got Almandin
home from the Tony Martin-trained Irish stayer Heartbreak City, ridden by Hong Kong-based Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira.
Roared on by a festive crowd of more than 100,000 people, Almandin
emerged at the final turn to haul in Heartbreak City by a neck at the end of the gruelling two-mile handicap.
Rekindling was a sixth winner of the $6 million (approximately PS3.5m/€4m) race for owner Williams, who had Almandin
last year and already held the owners' record for race wins.
Nick Williams, son of Almandin
's owner Lloyd, believes last year's winner will take some stopping and reports him to be flying on the eve of his date with destiny.
The news that Dettori has been snapped up for last year's winner Almandin
in the Melbourne Cup next Tuesday emerged yesterday morning when intended Damien Oliver was ruled out after a failed appeal against the 20-meeting ban imposed for improper riding in Saturday's Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
Harlem was very impressive from stall one in the Foundation Cup over 1m2f at this track two starts ago and he finished upsides last year's Melbourne Cup winner Almandin
from the worst draw last time.
He has never won the Melbourne Cup, nor has he ridden for Mullins, but he was aboard Heartbreak City - trained by Tony Martin - who was beaten just a head by Almandin
in last year's Cup.
Last year's ill-fated Ebor winner Heartbreak City so nearly won the Melbourne Cup, losing by a head to Almandin
, and Jardine is open to sending Nakeeta on the journey to Australia.
With Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock company buying an interest after York, Heartbreak City nearly completed a unique treble, going down by a shorthead under Joao Moreira to Almandin
in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November.
McEvoy showed the way IT WAS a pleasure to see Kerrin McEvoy's handling of Almandin
in the Melbourne Cup, during which he coaxed the horse with hands and heels to win by a head, beating Heartbreak City, whose jockey had used the whip.