$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in bonuses*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up and get your first bet matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
*NEW ACC ONLY, EXC NSW, SA, WA & VIC. SEE T&CS ON WEBSITE.
Image: Bruno Cannatelli
Aloft showed his Melbourne Cup credentials at Flemington

A winter handicap over 2000m at Flemington is not the usual formline for a Melbourne Cup winner.

That was discounted 12 months ago when Almandin won Australia’s greatest race.

Saturday’s 1 Oliver Street Plate, won by Aloft, a race Almandin ran last in 12 months ago, may again be a Melbourne Cup pointer.

Ridden by Ben Melham, Aloft ($4.60) scored a three-quarter length win over Second Bullet ($5.50) with Galaxy Raider ($8) a head away third.

Williams’s son Nick said Aloft would be given his chance to progress to better spring staying races.

“It’s a long way from August to the Melbourne Cup 2017,” Williams said.

“You only have to look at Almandin this time last year when no-one was talking about him with the Melbourne Cup in mind.

“It’s only now that he’s won a Melbourne Cup that people are looking back at this meeting.”

Irish-bred Aloft is into his third Australian campaign.

After two starts last spring the Williams team put Aloft away before he won first-up at Flemington in March.

He then went to Sydney and ran third in the Chairman’s Handicap in April.

“We like to get our horses fit as early as we can early in the season and keep them ticking over,” Williams said.

“There’s a lot of options here and in Sydney for him so we’ll see how the horse is and where he gets to.”

Melham said Aloft possessed a lot of class and had furnished into a nice stayer.

“He did a little wrong last time I rode him but he settled nicely today,” Melham said.

The Williams-owned Bondi Beach, unplaced in the past two Melbourne Cups, finished ninth behind Aloft under Damien Oliver who said the gelding needed more ground.

“He’s still a bit ring rusty and needs to build his fitness,” Oliver said.

Oliver also rode Amralah for Williams, 12th in the John and Denise Cobcroft Recognition Handicap, who was having his first start since winning the Herbert Power at Caulfield in October, 2015.

 
$600 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up and get your first bet matched with up to $600 in bonus bets*
*NEW ACC ONLY, EXC NSW, SA, WA & VIC. SEE T&CS ON WEBSITE.
Racecourse: Flemington
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $250*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $600*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $200*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $500*
    CLAIM NOW
*NEW ACC ONLY, EXC NSW, SA, WA & VIC. SEE T&CS ON WEBSITE.
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Melbourne Cup hit by doping scandal

Australia’s biggest race the Melbourne Cup has been rocked by a doping scandal with trainers from the Aquanita partnership at...

Blue Diamond Stakes Field – 2018

View the final field and barriers for the 2018 Blue Diamond Stakes. The Blue Diamond Stakes will be run on...

Futurity Stakes Field – 2018

View the final field and barriers for the 2018 Futurity Stakes. The Futurity Stakes will be run on Saturday 24th...

Oakleigh Plate Field – 2018

View the final field and barriers for the 2018 Oakleigh Plate. The Oakleigh Plate will be run on Saturday 24th...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2017 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved.

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.