Flemington, Melbourne Cup Day 2018.On the eve the track had been watered, perhaps in response to grumbling from some quarters that it may otherwise be too firm for the great day. Come race day morning Melbourne’s heavens opened, to the extent that jockeys in Race 1 reported visibility was greatly impaired – as was the telecast to an international audience of millions. Could the entire meeting be in peril?

Nevertheless, the call went out for runners to the mounting yard for Race 2’s 1700m handicap for Mares 4YO and up.  In shocking conditions, the field went to the start, Linda Meech up on ONE MORE TRY. Number 12 in a field of 13, would barrier 2 be key? Off they jumped and Linda assumed a position on the rail. Slightly worse than midfield she kept the mare actively engaged and sneaking ground while letting the mad charge go. While contenders fanned wide on the home turn, still Linda sat tight, a glance to her left, a glance to her right and then a gap opened and the mare surged through to the lead. But it was not to be that easy. At the 200m she was headed by a fast finisher (second placegetter) and was asked once more for a supreme effort. Our tough and game mare ran the race of her life to claim victory 38 lengths ahead of the last to finish.

Special mention goes to Linda Meech, riding at her customary very best. A glorious result and congratulations to ONE MORE TRY’s devoted owners – and for Matt, an especially memorable, though drenching, first win at Flemington, the magnificent headquarters of racing in Victoria.




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