Successful owner Lloyd Williams will next month close his Macedon Lodge property.
Williams has won the Melbourne Cup (Group 1) 6 times and will now concentrate on having horses in training in Ireland with Joseph O'Brien who trained Williams' 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling. The year prior the Williams-owned Almandin won the race when sent out from Macedon Lodge by Robert Hickmott who also trained Green Moon to win the 2012 renewal.
Darley Flying Start graduate Liam Howley took over from Hickmott as head trainer at Macedon Lodge at the end of 2017, but this year has trained just 6 winners from 84 starters with 2 of those winning at stakes level. The last Group 1 winner sent out from the property was Homesman who won last year's Underwood Stakes.
Williams had 3 Joseph O'Brien-trained runners in this year's Melbourne Cup in Master Of Reality, Latrobe and Twilight Payment and the young Irishman trained Latrobe to win last year's Irish Derby (Group 1).
Williams' other Melbourne Cup winners are the Graeme Rogerson-trained Efficient in 2007, What A Nuisance in 1985 who was trained by John Meagher and the T J Smith-trained Just A Dash in 1981.