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.
|10||Voleuse De Coeurs|
|-||Verema (Pulled Up)|
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.
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.
Full Results from Tuesday's Action
|7News Stakes||Oakleigh Girl|
|TAB Rewards Trophy||Wistful|
|Lavazza Short Black||Plucky Belle|
|Lexus Hybrid Plate||Moderate|
|Emirates Melbourne Cup||Fiorente|
|Visit Victoria Plate||Salon Soldier|
|MSS Security Sprint||Richie's Vibe|
|Emirates Airline Plate||Chile 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.
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.