Lloyd Williams’ brutal assessment of Melbourne Cup 2021 field as Twilight Payment eyes off back-to-back wins

Melbourne Cup mainstay Lloyd Williams believes Twilight Payment is faring “a bit better” than he was before winning last year’s $8 million race.

But despite backing his horse to finish in the top four, the seven-time champion admits “it’s not a very good race” beyond the favourite.

Caulfield Cup winner Incentivise is a cool $2.90 to take out the Melbourne Cup ahead of Spanish Mission ($10), Floating Artist ($13) and Twilight Payment ($14).

“One thing I could tell you about this race, leaving out Incentivise, it’s not a very good race,” he told Radio TAB.

“We’re going back now to the ‘80s with this race, taking out Incentivise.

“This is probably no different to when What A Nuisance won in ‘85, they were sort of average handicap stayers.”

Williams said Incentivise may be carrying more weight than necessary, arguing “with great respect” to its connections that “they handled him very badly” in the lead-up.

“But I think he might be something very special,” he said.

Incentivise wins the Caulfield Cup last month.
Incentivise wins the Caulfield Cup last month. Credit: AAP

“He’s done absolutely nothing wrong. He’s a strong horse. (Jockey) Brett Prebble has won a Melbourne Cup for me before, so he knows how to win a Melbourne Cup.

“The day’s not going to get to him. He’s going to be very hard to beat.”

Williams believes Twilight Payment needs a solid jump to compete for the victory.

“He might be leading, you’d be surprised if he’s not in the first four,” he said.

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