Bondi Beach set for Melbourne
Aidan O'Brien's Bondi Beach has arrived in Australia ahead of the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington next week.
Rachel Griffiths with the Melbourne Cup during the Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch
The Galileo colt, who finished 16th in last year's renewal, is owned in partnership with Lloyd Williams who has won the Cup on four occasions.
'Team Williams' could run four runners next week with Almandin, Gallante and Assign joining Bondi Beach in the 'race that stops a nation' and part-owner Nick Williams is happy with their team.
"Bondi Beach has arrived in Australia in great order, we are very happy with him," Williams told www.racing.com.
"Aidan O'Brien is the best trainer in the world, there are no negatives with him and the Irish are eternal optimists. Ryan Moore will be flying in to ride him and his form this year has been very good.
"Our three local runners are in great order, Robert Hickmott is very happy with how they are a week out. Almandin will be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy in the Cup and he is spot on at the moment.
"He has progressed so well since winning The Bart Cummings at Flemington and will have one more piece of work to top him off.
"Gallante will be ridden by Blake Shinn who used to ride for the stable when he was an apprentice in Melbourne, circumstances were against him in the Moonee Valley Cup and it was unfortunate that the race ended up the way that it did.
"Completely forget that run, he has come through it well and I would be staggered if he is not right in the finish.
"Assign will be ridden by Katelyn Mallyon and he has come through his win in the Herbert Power Stakes in tremendous order.
"He is a really tough horse and still on the up, I think that he will run a lot better than the odds suggest. Katelyn comes from a great racing family and has had a brilliant education as a jockey.
"She understands pace and time so well, which is so important with these international horses that need to be rated to perfection, she rides Assign so well."
Williams is looking forward to Our Century running in the Bendigo Cup on Wednesday and feels that the lightly-raced stayer is one to keep an eye on over the next year.
"Our Century is a good horse but he lacks experience," Williams said.
"He is racing out of the handicap but is improving and his win at Caulfield last start was strong.
"Howard Be Thy Name is the horse to beat on form but our horse will be better in six months that what he will be on Wednesday so he is certainly one to keep an eye on over the next year."
Charlie Appleby has already enjoyed a successful Spring Carnival and he is set to be represented by Francis Of Assisi.
"Francis Of Assisi is in really good order," Appleby's assistant trainer James Ferguson told the Godolphin website
"He's fit, in peak condition and we think he'll give a good account of himself. It looks a competitive race on paper but we expect him to run well."
McEvoy, who rode Appleby's Qewy to his Geelong Cup success, will take the ride.