40-1 outsider Crime Scene looked sure to take the race with just 200m to run. But a determined Shocking, at 10-1 and ridden by Corey Brown, passed and pulled pull away to take the crown by three quarters of a length. Another European visitor Mourilyan, at 15-1 finished third.
Pre-race favourites Alcopop and Viewed ran a respectable sixth and seventh, but never really looked to be a serious threat.
Despite some setbacks with the scratching of some of his other runners, trainer Kavanagh admitted after the race that he was “quietly confident”.
When asked how it felt to win the Melbourne Cup he said, “This is Australia’s race. It’s a public holiday here and everyone in Australia has a bet on the Melbourne Cup. I’m feeling pretty good right now."
And for those readers in the office sweepstakes, the Damian Oliver mounted Warringah placed last.
2009 MELBOURNE CUP FINISHING ORDER
2. Crime Scene
4. Master O’Reilly
5. Harris Tweed
8. C’est La Guerre
13. Gallions Reach
14. Leica Ding
15. Ista Kareem
16. Allez Wonder
20. Spin Around
21. Roman Emperor
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