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Winning 2012 Melbourne Cup trainer Robert Hickmott is one of Australia’s most soft spoken trainers. Avoiding all media attention around the horses he trains, media attention is rather centred on his boss, Lloyd Williams.
Unlike household names Waterhouse, Cummings or Kavanagh, very few Australians would be able to recognise Hickmott by face due to son Nick Williams being the public face of the stable operations.
Training at Williams’ private Macedon Lodge at Mt Macedon in Melbourne’s outer east, Hickmott was appointed to exclusively train William’s horses and achieved great success over the past few years but none better than winning today’s Melbourne Cup.
This if the first of Williams’ four Melbourne Cup winners that Hickmott has trained. 2007 winner Efficient officially trained by Graeme Rogerson but Hickmott was instrumental in caring for the horse.
Hickmott has worked with Lloyd Williams for the past 11 years and was appointed head trainer of Macedon Lodge in 2009. Since taking control of the stable which houses roughly 80 horses with a team of 35 staff, Hickmott has continually delivered Lloyd and Nick, consistent winners.
It’s been a tough few months for Hickmott who started the spring with seven genuine Melbourne Cup chances but injuries eventually ruled out Seville, Midas Touch and At First Sight while Tanby and Excluded failed to make the final field. However, specifically targeting the Melbourne Cup Hickmott still had Mourayan and Green Moon in the field.
Training a Melbourne Cup winner in just his third season as a recognised trainer and the head of Australia’s iconic Lloyd Williams operations, Hickmott has stamped his authority of the global racing stage thanks to Green Moon.