WHO Shot Thebarman will contest his fourth Melbourne Cup after he broke a win drought that stretched nearly two years at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Trainer Chris Waller confirmed nine-year-old Who Shot Thebarman and stablemate Libran will run in the Melbourne Cup after they provided a stable quinella in the Group 2 $300,000 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m).
“He’s just as important in the stable as horses like Winx,’’ Waller said of Who Shot Thebarman.
“He’s a nine-year-old and as you saw then he’s still trying his heart out and loves his profession.
“It’s just a pleasure to have him in the stable as it is with good horses like Winx and what more can you say, these big days are what it’s all about.”
Who Shot Thebarman ran third in the 2014 Melbourne Cup, 11th in 2015 and fifth last year and Waller said the veteran will be given another chance in the famous Flemington two-miler on November 7.
No nine-year-year-old has ever won a Melbourne Cup but Waller said Who Shot Thebarman had earned his place in the field next eek.
“You’ll see him on the first Tuesday on November,’’ Waller said.
“It’s not just about winning the Melbourne Cup, it’s about being a part of the event and it’s very hard to deny owners that opportunity when they buy these horses, look after them for so long and dream like we’re all entitled to.
“Libran’s back on track and some of the connections are pretty high up at the VRC so I don’t think I’ll be talking them out of not running (in the Melbourne Cup) either.”
Top Sydney jockey Blake Shinn was having a “day out” completing a hat-trick of wins in successive races on Who Shot Thebarman complementing his earlier wins on Blondie in the Listed William Crocket Stakes and Lubiton in the Group 3 Tesio Stakes.
Shinn is hopeful of riding Who Shot Thebarman ($8.50) in the Melbourne Cup after the nine-year-old held off stablemate Libran ($10) by a half length with Cismontane ($8.50) a half head away third.
Who Shot Thebarman has 54kg in the Melbourne Cup which is about the lightest Shinn can ride but the stayer is eligible for a penalty in the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 7.
“I’ve got a lot of satisfaction winning on him,’’ Shinn said. “It’s actually my first win on him but the owners have stayed loyal with me. I ran second on him in the Sydney Cup and the BMW and have ridden him 10 or 11 times. It’s very special, he’s got a bit of a cult following.
He’ll now line up in his fourth Melbourne Cup and on that win he’s not without a chance.”