11/01/2016 5:12PM

Almandin caps return from two-year layoff with win in Melbourne Cup


Almandin, who missed nearly two years of racing because of a tendon injury, won his third consecutive start in Tuesday’s $4.55 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Australia.

Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Almandin (10-1) edged 18-1 Heartbreak City by a head after the two pulled away from 22 rivals in the final furlong of the two-mile race. Hartnell, the 9-2 favorite, finished third, beaten 4 1/4 lengths.

Almandin is trained by Robert Hickmott and co-owned by Lloyd Williams. It was Williams's fifth victory in the race and first since Green Moon in 2012.

Almandin, a Group 2 winner in Germany in 2014, won the Harry White Classic at Caulfield Racecourse on Sept. 24 and the Group 3 Bart Cummings Handicap at Flemington Racecourse on Oct. 2.

A German-bred by Monsun, Almandin was a Group 2 winner at Baden-Baden Racecourse in Germany in June 2014. He did not race again until June of this year, and has won 3 of 6 starts in Australia in 2016.

Hartnell was the best finisher among the five runners in the field owned by Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Racing.

Almandin carried 115 pounds. Big Orange and Our Ivanhowe carried top weight of 126 pounds, and finished 10th and 17th.