Tragedy mars Godolphin's moment of glory
THE Mornington Cup proved to be one of triumph and tragedy for global powerhouse Godolphin as it won the race with Tally but lost fourth placegetter The Gold Trail after he broke down 100m past the winning post.
Tally's victory was overshadowed by what happened to the short-priced favourite English stayer The Gold Trail, who faltered badly in front of a shocked crowd.
His jockey Craig Williams was flipped off the galloper and was thrown into the turf.
Williams was knocked out for a brief period but soon regained consciousness.
He was later transported to the Frankston Hospital for observation but was conscious, moving and talking to medical staff.
Chief steward Brent Wright said nothing could be done to save The Gold Trail.
"We spoke to his connections on course and also made a phone call to the stable but he had broken two sesamoids on his near front foreleg," Wright said.
Wright said The Gold Trail would be taken to Werribee Veterinary Clinic for an autopsy.
The well-performed stayer had won his past two starts at Doncaster in the United Kingdom last September and at Meydan, Dubai, in January.
After his last win his trainer Charlie Appleby aimed The Gold Trail at the Mornington Cup as the winner gains an automatic start in the Caulfield Cup.
Godolphin's representative on course Andy Makiv said it was an unfortunate incident.
"The most important thing is that Craig Williams is all right," Makiv said.
Makiv said Andrew Mallyon rode Tally perfectly settling him off the speed and coming home with a well-timed run.
Makiv said they were looking at taking Tally to Sydney to run in The BMW but he didn't perform up to expectations in the Australian Cup.
"He's a handy stayer who has been placed at Group 1 level," he said.
Tally secured an automatic berth in this year's Caulfield Cup, a race he finished 12th in last year.
Tally ($8.50) defeated Vengeur Masque by a half head with Settler's Stone a length and a quarter away third.