Almandin wins Melbourne Cup thriller

Nov 07, 2016, 00:48

The Melbourne Cup is Australia's richest and most famous race, with the nation transfixed as a field of global and local talent compete for the A$3.6 million (US$2.75 million) prize.

Millions of Australians stop to watch the race, which is the highlight of the four-day Spring Carnival at Flemington Racecourse.

It was a second Cup triumph for local trainer Robert Hickmott, who nursed Almandin back to racing health after 18 months out following a tendon injury after acquiring the seven-year-old gelding in Germany.

UPDATED 6.28pm Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy has won his second Melbourne Cup, riding Almandin to victory in a thrilling finish at Flemington this afternoon.

Co-owner Niall Reilly said: "I thought we were going to nick it and the plan we had for the race was exactly the way it was run".

The rider said: "He tried 120% and I'm very proud of the horse". The elation is unreal.

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Charlie Appleby's Qewy came home fourth as Godolphin still remain in the hunt for their first Melbourne Cup win. It's just a dream come true.

"I'd really love him to win for the man above", he said in the build-up to the Cup.

Heartbreak City was second, with pre-race favourite Hartnell in third.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Melbourne Cup duck might span nearly three decades now, but McEvoy argued Godolphin won't be waiting too much longer to nab the most coveted prize in Australian racing.

Remarkably, Monsun is also the broodmare sire of last year's Melbourne Cup second Max Dynamite.

"The boys at Macedon [Lodge] have done a fabulous job getting this horse back". Other household name horses of Williams' to have won the prestigeous race are Just A Dash and What A Nuisance.

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On the track, Almandin has won the Melbourne Cup, narrowly taking the victory from the Irish trained Heartbreak City in Australia's biggest race.

He said afterwards he felt good on the horse.

But he now spends most of his time on his farm at Mt Macedon overseeing a team of horses and studying northern hemisphere form to source his next victor of a race he helped make an worldwide event.

Godolphin's John Ferguson told Racing Post: "Oceanographer was flat after his run on Saturday, backing him up didn't work".

"We have got a great staff up there".

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