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Prince Of Arran finishes second in the Melbourne Cup for Charlie Fellowes

Having come home third 12 months ago, the Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince Of Arran went one better by finishing second at this year's renewal of the Melbourne Cup.

Under jockey Michael Walker, the Newmarket-based six-year-old drove late to finish third behind race winner Vow And Declare and Master Of Reality at Flemington Racecourse.

However, a stewards' enquiry upheld a protest against runner-up Master Of Reality ­– ridden by Frankie Dettori – for interference and relegated Joseph O'Brien's horse to fourth, which in turn promoted Fellowes' stable star to the runner-up position.

Charlie Fellowes. (20886486)
Charlie Fellowes. (20886486)

Fellowes said: "I'm remarkably proud of this horse, to do what he's done two years in a row is an incredible achievement. I don't think he's finished outside the top three in six races in Australia now, which is an amazing record.

"For a brief second I thought he was going to win, but it wasn't to be. We'll enjoy tonight, then regroup and plot a path to next year's Melbourne Cup."