Prince Of Arran (outside) came up just short of Vow And Declare (inside) (Image: Racing Photos)
Charlie Fellowes was left searching for superlatives for stable star Prince Of Arran, who was placed in the Lexus Melbourne Cup once again on Tuesday when he fared one spot better than last year.
Prince Of Arran settled forward of midfield from barrier eight under Michael Walker and closed strongly off a muddling pace, driving late to be third past the post behind winner Vow And Declare.
However, stewards lodged and eventually upheld a protest against runner-up Master Of Reality for interference caused to the fourth-placed Il Paradiso over the final 100 metres, meaning Prince Of Arran was promoted to second.
"He's an unbelievable horse, he absolutely loves it out here," Fellowes said.
"In maybe another five yards we weren't far away from being in front.
"I think that was a better run this year than last year … we came so close.
"It was different this year because last year I thought we were going to win at one stage but there wasn't a moment this year that I thought we were going to get it until literally the final five yards."
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Fellowes maintains that winning the Lexus Melbourne Cup will be Prince Of Arran's primary objective next year.
The son of Shirocco is likely to have his next start in the G1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin on December 8 before he determines whether to compete in Saudi Arabia and Dubai or the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
"He is amazing and also a credit to Natasha (Eaton) who has just done the most wonderful job plus all those at home who don't get the credit, I wish they could be out here to experience this but they're not," Fellowes added.
"It's a team effort and to do that two years in a row, is a remarkable achievement. We'll try and do it again next year.
"Third time lucky next year?"
Fellowes was playfully quizzed whether he felt Prince Of Arran had done enough to qualify for next year's race.
"I think, I think we've done enough not to have to qualify next year," Fellowes said with a smile.
"Mr Carpenter if you're reading any of this, please keep us on 54kg for next year, I'd really appreciate that!"