Twitter racing wrap – Williams causes a stir

HB Twitter wrap
LEAVE it to Lloyd Williams to remain front and centre of the racing conversation long after the Melbourne Cup has been run and won.

Stating on Melbourne radio that they are “talking to the head trainer”, Williams courted controversy given he does not hold a trainer’s license, meaning he would be in breach of racing rules.

All he had to do was keep his mouth shut and let his newly crowned Zipping Classic winner Taj Mahal generate the headlines, but he couldn’t help himself.

Oh well, least we have plenty of fodder for this week’s Twitter racing wrap!

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Taj Mahal takes out the Zipping Classic

It was billed as a glorified match-race between Big Duke and Almandin, but European import Taj Mahal upset the field to take out the Zipping Classic.

For many it seemed like the perfect opportunity for Almandin to bounce back.

While others incorrectly backed long-time disappointment So Si Bon to take out the group race.

It was the Irish import that came away with the chocolates however, winning in Australia at the third time of asking under a brilliant Ben Melham ride.

The praise came thick and fast for the talented hoop.

Could Taj Mahal be the next star of Australian racing?

Whether the talented galloper remains in Australia or plies its craft overseas remains to be seen, but if it does stay here you suspect it will be competing in The Championships in Sydney’s autumn.

As for the Sandown run, one Twitter user pointed out the importance of getting an Australian preparation right for an international invader to succeed down under.

Lloyd Williams declares he’s the man

It is fair to say the worst kept secret of Australian racing being revealed didn’t surprise anyone, but did create a lot of derision.

After parting ways with long-time “trainer” Robert Hickmott, Melbourne Cup stalwart Lloyd Williams declared he calls the shots with his huge stable of star runners.

It is fair to say Williams’ comments went down like a lead balloon.

While others – quite fairly – questioned Williams’ perceived preferential treatment by the governing body.

One Twitter user went as far as to say RV need to act.

One thing is for certain, the incoming trainer who takes the job will have ostensibly the cushiest jobs in all of racing of Williams is to be believed at his word.

There is one user who was quick to pick up on that fact.

Join the queue my friend, it’s a long one.