THE doyen of suppliers of cashmere in Dublin for many years, Tom Monaghan, has marked 55 years in business this month and is hoping to make the year extra special with a win at the Melbourne Cup.

Tom has been breeding horses at the Cottage Stud in Co Kildare for the last 30 years with his son Paul. The pair are hopeful that the stayer they bred, Trip To Paris (trained by Ed Dunlop) will be successful at the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November, the 3rd.