The 2011 Melbourne Cup has been won by French horse Dunaden who won the Geelong Cup at his only Australian start. He was ridden by international jockey Christophe Lemaire who only arrived in Melbourne the day before to be on standby for the ride as original jockey Craig Williams appealed a riding suspension – he lost.
Second past the post was British horse Red Cadeaux but at the time it looked like a dead heat. The official margins were eventually a nose by 1¼ lengths, with a further nose to the 4th horse. Although the official margin was a nose between first and second it was actually more like a fingernail and was the closest margin in Melbourne Cup history.
The third horse was Lucas Cranach, who ran 5th in this year Caulfield Cup, and fast-finishing fourth was last years winner Americain who did tremendously well under his weight and came from well back in the field as they rounded the final turn.
The race didn’t go as anticipated, as expected leader Glass Harmonium missed the start a little and from his wide barrier couldn’t get to the front. Tullamore was also a little tardy leaving the gates. Because there was no one else to set the pace Jim Cassidy went to the lead early on Illo, who eventually finished well back in the field.
The horse that ran last (23rd) was Modun, who was the most lightly race horse in the field. There were only 23 runners as genuine hope Mourayan was scratched due to a foot problem, and the Melbourne Cup has no emergencies. It was an exciting race with plenty of close racing and it is possible several horses got galloped on. The hard-luck story of the day wasn’t a horse, but was jockey Craig Williams who could have ridden a Melbourne Cup winner.
I hope everyone had a fun and profitable day. Racing returns to Flemington with Oaks day on Thursday and then the final day of the Flemington Carnival is Emirates Stakes day on Saturday 5th November. Happy punting!.
|1st||3||DUNADEN (FR)||Mikel Delzangles||Christophe Lemaire||13||54.5|
|2nd||12||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||Michael Rodd||15||53.5|
|3rd||9||LUCAS CRANACH (GER)||Anthony Freedman||Corey Brown||11||53.5|
|4th||1||AMERICAIN (USA)||Alain de Royer Dupre||Gerard Mosse||14||58|
|5th||6||MANIGHAR (FR)||Luca Cumani||Damien Oliver||20||54|
|6th||15||LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||William Buick||3||53|
|7th||8||FOX HUNT (IRE)||Mark Johnston||Silvestre de Sousa||18||53.5|
|8th||23||NIWOT||M., W. & J. Hawkes||Dean Yendall||9||51|
|9th||7||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||Brad Rawiller||7||54|
|10th||17||AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Steven King||10||52.5|
|11th||11||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||Darren Beadman||2||53.5|
|12th||4||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Luca Cumani||Dwayne Dunn||8||54.5|
|13th||21||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||4||52|
|14th||22||TULLAMORE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Craig Williams||12||52|
|15th||18||MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB)||Brian Ellison||Brett Prebble||16||52|
|16th||19||SAPTAPADI (IRE)||Brian Ellison||Chris Symons||21||52|
|17th||24||OLDER THAN TIME||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||19||51|
|18th||13||HAWK ISLAND (IRE)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||17||53|
|19th||14||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings||Jim Cassidy||1||53|
|20th||2||JUKEBOX JURY (IRE)||Mark Johnston||Neil Callan||6||57|
|21st||20||SHAMROCKER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Luke Nolen||23||52|
|22nd||5||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Lisa Cropp||22||54|
|23rd||16||MODUN (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Kerrin McEvoy||5||53|