Lloyd Williams has won many of Australia’s most prominent races including three Melbourne Cups with Just A Dash in 1981, What A Nuisance (’85) and most recently with Efficient (’07).
I expect him to add to his trophy cabinet during the 2011 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with a lightly raced galloper.
Williams has the five-year old Galileo (IRE) horse, At First Sight, nominated for the big three – BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), Tatts Cox Plate (2040m), and the Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).
At First Sight was scratched from the JRA Cup and Turnball Stakes recently and will now go around this weekend in the group two Herbert Power Stakes.
In the horse’s last start, At First Sight charged home late to only be beaten by the in-form December Draw by half a length in the Naturalism.
The chestnut galloper is a proven class horse at 10 furlongs and beyond in the UK. Prior to coming to Australia, At First Sight ran 2nd in the BALLYSAX (G3), 3rd in the Derby Trial (G2) although only having four runners, 2nd in the Epsom Derby (G1) to Workforce, 4th in the Kind Edward VII (G2) and 5th at the Curragh when he lined up against the highly talented Cape Blanco in the group one Irish Derby.
At First Sight’s career record to date stands at 10 starts for one win and four minor placings, accumulating $660,516 in prize money. An interesting stat is that the international galloper has lined-up in eight group and listed races from his 10 visits to the track.
Robert Hickmott, trainer of Lloyd Williams’ race horses has At First Sight in good shape leading into the main events.
At First Sight would be taking a similar approach to Caulfield and Melbourne Cups’ winners Master O’Reilly, Shocking (2nd in the Herbert Power) and Rogan Josh, if he runs well and wins in the Herbert Power at Caulfield.
At First Sight has 52.5kgs for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.