Australia’s greatest race, the Melbourne Cup, has been won by Almandin in one of the most exciting finishes ever seen in the pinnacle Flemigton event.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy rode the horse to a thrilling by-a-nose finish to second-place getter Heartbreak City after a neck-and-neck slug-out between them down the home straight, while pre-race favourite Hartnell finished a distant third.
It is McEvoy’s second Melbourne Cup winning ride along with his 2000 victory on Brew, making it the longest break ever between first and second wins for a jockey in the event.
One of the first to congratulate McEvoy on the live television broadcast was last year’s winning rider Michelle Payne who happens to be his sister-in-law.
The Robert Hickmott trained Almandin is owned in part by businessman Lloyd Williams who became the most succesful Melbourne Cup winning owner with now five wins to his name. Other household name horses of Williams’ to have won the prestigeous race are Just A Dash and What A Nuisance.
“Lloyd, he knows what to do in these staying races. It’s just a dream. It’s great to be part of it again for my second Cup,” McEvoy said of the victory.
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