Second place enough to lock in Cup run

October 26, 2023 8:18 am in by
A second-placed finish for Ashrun is enough to lock in a spot for the Melbourne Cup. (Image: Just Horse Racing).

Despite a second-placed finish for Ashrun in the Geelong Cup, the Ciaron Maher trained horse will feature in the Melbourne Cup in just under a fortnight.

The gelding needed a top-three finish to meet the race’s ballot clause and snuck into second in a photo finish during Wednesday’s race which was won by 10-year-old Amade.

“It’s a bit like winning a race, I’m really chuffed,” Ashrun owner Jamie Lovett told

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“(I was looking at the photo finish thinking) ‘Don’t run fourth’.

“I’m delighted for the owners. It’s a group of owners who have been with us since the start.

“To get him back to a Melbourne Cup (is incredible). Hats off to the Maher-(David) Eustace camp, to rehab the horse after three years is incredible.

“I think he gets to Flemington on the big day, he’s probably not a winning chance but I can see him running top five, top six.”

Veteran stayer Amade took out the $500,000 Geelong Cup after the inspirational ride from Zac Spain and although the gelding is entered for the Melbourne Cup the owner says it’s unlikely to run.

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“I doubt (he’ll run) but we’ll keep the dream alive and we’ve got the Queen Elizabeth earmarked,” owner Phillip Stokes said.


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