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Prince Of Arran once again impresses at the Melbourne Cup

The Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince Of Arran continued his love affair with the Melbourne Cup during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The seasoned-campaigner headed down under for Australia’s most famous race having finished third and second in each of the previous two editions.

And while a victory proved to be elusive on this occasion, the seven-year-old managed to summon all of his battling qualities under jockey Jamie Kah to come home in third place.

Prince Of Arran – pictured in Hong Kong last year – came home third in Australia’s most famous race
Prince Of Arran – pictured in Hong Kong last year – came home third in Australia’s most famous race

After that performance, Bedford House Stables-based Fellowes hinted at another assault on the two-mile contest in 2021.

He wrote on Twitter: “Incredibly proud of Prince Of Arran. Another wonderful run in Australia’s great race.

“Thank you @AledBeech for looking after him so well, thank you Jamie Kah for a lovely ride, thank you to the Obaida family for sending him to me to train. 4th time lucky next year?”

The son of Shirocco was kept in shape during his time in Australia by Fellowes’ apprentice jockey Aled Beech, who added: “What a legend this horse is!

“To be placed in 3 Melbourne Cups in a row takes some doing.

“He’s been a pleasure to look after out here in Melbourne and I’m very grateful to @FellowesRacing for trusting me with him. Something tells me he has unfinished business in Australia.”

It ended up being an O’Brien one-two in Melbourne, with Joseph’s Twilight Payment getting the better of his father Aidan’s Tiger Moth.

However, the result was overshadowed by the news that the Aidan O’Brien-trained Anthony Van Dyck – the 2019 Epsom Derby winner – had died after breaking his leg in the home straight.

“It is with sadness that we confirm that Anthony Van Dyck had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured fetlock during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington,” said Racing Victoria spokesman Jamie Stier.