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25/11/2019 Macedon Lodge set for closure

The private training property of Lloyd Williams, the most successful owner in Melbourne Cup history, is set to close by the end of this year according to Fairfax Media.

The back page of Melbourne's The Age newspaper carries news of the imminent closure of Macedon Lodge.

Williams was contacted by Fairfax Media on Sunday to provide comment on the matter and replied, “4 Melbourne Cup winners and 26 G1 in 21 st best wishes Lloyd.”

Rumours about the future of Macedon Lodge have persisted for months which has been fuelled by an unsuccessful past 12 months by lofty past standards.

Williams' Australian private trainer Liam Howley has prepared six winners – two at stakes level – and 18 placegetters from 84 starters during 2019.

The last Group 1 winner from Macedon Lodge was Homesman in the G1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) in September 2018.

Williams had three 2019 Melbourne Cup starters (Master of Reality, Twilight Payment and Latrobe) with the trio all trained by the Irish-based Joseph O'Brien who also provided Williams with his sixth Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling in 2017.

Williams’ son Nick denied Macedon Lodge would be sold in August on RSN927 in response to the rumours about the future of the operation.

“We’re obviously businessmen first and foremost but we love Macedon Lodge,” he said.

“It’s a wonderful place. If a sheikh or someone came knocking on the door and offered us a massive price, then of course we’d consider it.

“It’s a superior training place and we’re not inclined to give away that edge."

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