Owners claim the best stakes in the Melbourne Cup

Forget the bird cage.

For the 2021 Melbourne Cup, it’s all about the owner’s compound and who’s standing there at 3 p.m. when the cannon fires at the start of Australia’s biggest race. With COVID-19 travel restrictions and state government rules capping the number in Flemington at 10,000 for Cup day, it is racehorse owners who have already become the biggest winners in the race. day since each rider in the Melbourne Cup is allowed to have 10 owners present.

The question is which owners will get the most out of access given the appeal of business identities that have horses towed to the start line.

It could be a double chance for the developer of Crown Casino Lloyd williams which is part of a union that won the Melbourne Cup last year with Twilight Payment. This year, Twilight Payment is back in the barrier two race alongside the other union runner, UK-born nag Pondus, who comes out of barrier one.

The union of the two horses includes the estate of the late tour organizer Michel Gudinski, the Jayco caravan tycoon Gerry Ryan, Real estate agent Marc Wizel and others. Wizel and Ryan are expected on the track, but Williams has been absent for the past five years, choosing instead to watch the big race at his Macedon Lodge about an hour north of Melbourne. Ryan won’t know where to look as he also owns Grand Promenade which is formed by Ciaron Maher and will be ridden by a three-time Cup winner Kerrin McEvoy. Triple the fun.


But the Williams and Ryan crew aren’t the only group of owners with multiple racers in the big race. Founder of the real estate investment company MaxCap group Brae Sokolski and real estate developer Resimax Ozzie Kheir will also be a barracks at the edge of the track for the Peter moody-formed Incentivize and Verry Elleegant trained by Chris Waller. Racing partners won the Caulfield Cup with Incentivize and the Cox Plate last year with multi-million dollar UK import Sir Dragonet who went down and was euthanized ahead of this year’s Caulfield Cup.

Melbourne Cup prospect Incentivize won the Caulfield Cup last month. Credit:Getty

Meanwhile, the retailer and owner of Magic Millions Gerry Harvey does not have a runner this year but can still claim action. Westbury Stud owner bred Miami Bound who shot barrier 17 in the big race and is trained and owned by the coach Danny o’brien and others. Patrick moloney will ride the mare.


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