Trainer Ben Hayes can certainly point to a number of good omens going into his first Melbourne Cup. His horse Almoonqith has the same barrier, weight, owner and first name of jockey as that of what his grandfathers did 30 years ago.
That man was Colin Hayes, also a trainer, who won the cup a total of two times. That was with At Talaq in 1986 and also with Beidale Ball six years before that. His son, David Hayes also went on to win the Melbourne Cup too, this time with Jeune in 1994.
Ben Hayes said today:
“At Talaq won it 30 years ago and he drew the same barrier and he’s got the same owner and the same name jockey,”
“So we’ve got a couple of omens. We’re hoping it could work out.”
Lots of Omens for Almoonqith
Almoonqith will be jumping from barrier 19, the same as At Talaq, while he will have the same weight of 54.5kg and will also have the same jockey first name of Michael riding him. In this instance it will be Michael Walker while 30 years ago it was Michael Clarke.
Additionally, Almoonqith is also owned by the same man as both At Talaq and Jeune, a certain Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
If you are superstitious and believe in omens then Almoonqith might just be the pick for you.