A German, Aussie, Irish Cup win at Flemington in Melbourne Cup


Wexford was agog this morning as reports of a part Wexford win in the Melbourne Cup filtered through following the success of the Andreas Wohler, German trained horse Protectionist.

New Ross born men, Wally and Robert Power, now based in Sydney, Australia bought a part of the German bred Protectionist early this summer as part of the deal brokered by Australian Bloodstock partners Jamie Lovett and Luke Murrell.

Protectionist a German bred son of Monsun last raced in Europe in the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay when winning in the colours of his then owner/ breeder Dr Christoph Berglar.

Purchased subsequently by Australian Bloodstock and their partners he ran for the first time in their name at Caulfield in October having been shipped to Australia.

The Power brothers, whose father Ned has always been into racing and breeding, bought into the horse as did Fergie and Delia Doyle who also come from Co Wexford just outside of Gorey.

And Boy oh Boy what a buy!!!!!!

Ridden by the man of the moment Ryan Moore, the son of Monsun swept through the field to win from perennial runner up Red Cadeaux.

Coming from a stout staying family tracing back to the Daniel Wildenstein mare Pawnesse . He was an ideal purchase as his European winning form saw him start at the odds of 7/1 on the day.

Now switching to the Australian yard of Kris Lees, the Irish connection will continue as his German owner and trainer having been bought out.

But this was a truly International Triumph!

Guest Post By Dick White From Talkinhorses.ie