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Melbourne Cup 2013 Horses: Tuesday Winners and Highlights from the Carnival

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 05:  Gai Waterhouse the trainer of Fiorente holds up the Melbourne Cup after winning race 7 the Emirates Melbourne Cup during Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 5, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2013

Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse has reason for huge celebration at this year's Melbourne Cup.

The Flemington Racecourse main event was won by Fiorente, giving the 59-year-old her first winner in the country’s famous race.

As reported by BBC Sport, jockey Damien Oliver rode last year’s runner-up to a memorable victory, overcoming the threat of Red Cadeaux in the process.

A huge crowd of 100,000 spectators witnessed the "race that stops a nation" live, per BBC Sport’s report, Oliver’s late push thrusting Fiorente over the line in a final 150m sprint that will remain in the memory for quite some time.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the Emirates Melbourne Cup result and pinpoint a few highlights from Tuesday’s action.

Melbourne Cup 2013 Results
2Red Cadeaux
3Mount Athos
8Brown Panther
9Super Cool
10Voleuse De Coeurs
13Sea Moon
14Royal Empire
18Masked Marvel
19Dear Demi
21Green Moon
22Tres Blue
-Verema (Pulled Up)
BBC Sport

 Fiorente Triumphs in Melbourne Cup

Despite taking on the tag of favourite, extreme pressure remained on Fiorente to win the Melbourne Cup with Oliver in the saddle.

The competition was fierce, signalled by two British-trained horses in Red Cadeaux and Mount Athos, both of which failed to outpace Fiorente as the race came to an end.

Ruscello set the early pace alongside Tres Blue and Mount Athos, who challenged the frontrunners throughout. While it looked as if Red Cadeaux would atone for coming second in 2011’s race, Oliver confirmed a hat-trick of Melbourne Cup wins with the victory, per BBC Sport.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 05:  Damien Oliver riding Fiorente celebrates winning race 7 The Emirates Melbourne Cup during Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 5, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
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Oliver’s turnaround was made all the more remarkable considering the jockey’s recent history. He was banned from racing for 10 months after betting on a rival horse, per ABC, but was understandably jubilant at the finishing line, as noted in Scott Heinrich’s report for the The Guardian:

It was amazing. A bit like having a Christmas present but not being able to open it. I was really excited to be riding this horse. He moved into the race beautifully on the turn and he was just too good for them.

As noted by David Campbell of Australia’s Daily Telegraph, Waterhouse's win also marks the first time an Australian-female trained horse has captured the Melbourne Cup prize.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 05:  Trainer Gai Waterhouse is presented with the trophy after Fiorente won the Emirates Melbourne Cup during Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 5, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiur
Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Full Results from Tuesday's Action

Carnival Results
7News StakesOakleigh Girl
TAB Rewards TrophyWistful
Carnival HandicapMujadale
Lavazza Short BlackPlucky Belle
Schweppes #flemingtonflingBernabeu
Lexus Hybrid PlateModerate
Emirates Melbourne CupFiorente
Visit Victoria PlateSalon Soldier
MSS Security SprintRichie's Vibe
Emirates Airline PlateChile Express

Elsewhere, hordes of spectators were treated to an exciting array of races taking place around the Melbourne Cup.

Oakleigh Girl ran an impressive race on her debut, the filly taking victory in the first contest of the day, per ABC.

As noted by Brad Waters of RaceNet, Wistful's performance in the TAB Rewards race banished the horse's previous failures with a well-deserved win in the second start:

Wistful was left in front when Sinhala began to tire early in the straight but the Peter Snowden-trained four-year-old sprinted strongly at the 300 metres, drawing away to beat Minnie Downs by 1-3/4 lengths while Rememba Howe finished a half-head further back.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 05:  Damien Oliver riding Fiorente walks out onto the track in front of a huge crowd before winning the Emirates Melbourne Cup during Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 5, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

This was followed by wins for Mujadale in the third run and Plucky Belle's victory for trainer Peter Moody, who triumphed in the Group Three competition. Bernabeu and Moderate followed suit later in the day, before Fiorente grabbed the headlines in the Melbourne Cup showdown.

After the main excitement was over, there was still enough time for Salon Soldier, Richie's Vibe and Chile Express to put their names up in lights with dominant performances.

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