Imported stayer Almandin gave legendary German sire Monsun his third G1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday.
Almandin (6g Monsun – Anatola by Tiger Hill) follows in the footsteps of Monsun gallopers Fiorente and Protectionist who won the big race at Flemington in 2013 and 2014. He’s also the damsire of last year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Max Dynamite.
Settled midfield by Kerrin McEvoy, Almandin challenged at the furlong and fought out an exciting duel with Heartbreak City (Fr) to score by a head.
A homebred for Gestut Schlenderhan, he had defeated Protectionist in a Group 2 at Baden-Baden in 2014 before Team Williams bought him to race in Australia. The Melbourne Cup completed a hat-trick after victories in the LR Harry White Classic (2400m) at Caulfield and the G3 Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington.
Almandin’s Listed winning dam Anatola has also produced Group 2 Gerling Preis winner Atempo.
Monsun (Konigsstuhl) was put down at Gestüt Schlenderhan in September 2012. He is widely regarded as one of the best German sires of all time, having supplied 22 Group 1 winners including world champion Manduro, The Queen’s Ascot Gold Cup heroine Estimate and Shirocco who landed the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Coronation Cup.
Monsun has numerous sons at stud around the world including Victorian-based Sun Stud stallion Fiorente.