Racehorse Almandin has won the 156th Melbourne Cup with more than 100,000 onlookers celebrating the great race.
Revellers converged trackside to watch the race that stops a nation and they were not disappointed. Almandin and Heartbreak City fought it out for the win on the home straight, Almandin heading into first in the last few seconds.
Winning Jockey Kerrin McEvoy said, “I feel very privileged to have won my second Melbourne Cup. A dream come true.”
The win has provided Almandin’s owner Lloyd Williams a record five Melbourne Cups. He thanked jockey Kerrin McEvoy for bringing home the win.
“He rode him magnificently today and Kerrin, I thank you so much,” Mr Williams said.
Almandin only returned to the track in June this year after not racing for two years.
Favourites for the race fell short, including Hartnell who went in as a hot favourite to win at $6, yet came in third. Jameka and Oceanographer also went in as likely winners yet they failed to place.
The 24 racehorses were given a health check after the race and were all cleared.
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Melburnians were able to see the horses before they raced yesterday at the 156th Melbourne Cup parade. The march headed down Swanston Street and finished in Federation Square where the 2016 Melbourne Cup trophy was on display.
The parade included past winners of the race including Might and Power, Rogan Josh, Brew, and Efficient. The winning horses are now enjoying retirement at not-for-profit organisation Living Legends, the International Home of Rest for Champion Horses.
Derby Day kicked off the Melbourne Cup celebrations on Saturday and the Myer Fashions on the Field event was a hit for racegoers who weren’t as interested in watching the horses.
Last week it was suggested that Metro train drivers might strike during the Spring Racing Carnival, but services operated as usual. – Megan Simmonds
Top photo of Flemington Racecourse supplied by Donna Demaio.