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Prince Of Arran primed for a second appearance in the Lexus Melbourne Cup

Newmarket trainer Charlie Fellowes is hoping stable favourite Prince Of Arran can produce another memorable performance in Tuesday’s Lexus Melbourne Cup.

Twelve months ago Fellowes’ six-year-old finished third in the race that is famously said to stop a nation, with another HQ-based horse – Charlie Appleby’s Cross Counter – becoming the first British-trained horse to win the Group 1 Handicap.

Prince Of Arran’s participation in this year’s renewal had been in serious doubt, but victory in the Group 3 bet365 Geelong Cup last week rubber-stamped his place.

Charlie Fellowes. (20496148)
Charlie Fellowes. (20496148)

Fellowes said: “He is in – that is the main thing. He was drawn 11 from 11 in the Geelong and that was a concern because when the same happened in Hong Kong he veered across the track.

“This time he has done brilliantly. He does not win often, but in two trips to Australia he has had to win and he has done it.

“He has already won enough prize money to pay for the trip so the pressure is off. It will be a competitive Melbourne Cup but he is in good form and ready to run a big race.”