Despite a loaded 24-horse field full of big-named favorites, underdog Green Moon pulled off a thrilling dash to the finish to win the 2012 Melbourne Cup.
Jockeyed by the controversial Brett Prebble and owned by the legendary Lloyd J. Williams, the 5-year-old colt came into Tuesday's race as a 19/1 underdog. With heavy favorites like Americain and Dunaden adorning the field, it seemed highly unlikely that Green Moon had a shot.
That was especially true as Prebble allowed his horse to glide back in eighth place for nearly all of the two-mile race.
However, in what can only be deemed as one of the more captivating stretch runs in recent memory, Green Moon came roaring back. Taking the lead with a mere 200 meters left in the race, the underdog rocketed to the front of the pack and defeated second-place Fiorente by a full length and third-place Jakkalberry.
The win serves as a massive boon for Williams, who nabbed his third Melbourne Cup victory as an owner and stands to make a pretty penny from the $6.5 million purse.
Unfortunately, most fans in the United States likely missed the Melbourne Cup, as hit happened very late in the East Coast. Luckily, we have video for all of you slumbering folks out there.
Be sure to take a look, as you're unlikely to see a more scintillating finish the remainder of the year.
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