The Melbourne Cup 2017 has been won by Rekindling, ridden by Australian jockey Corey Brown.
Trained by Irishman Joseph O’Brien, the British horse took out the ‘race that stops the nation’ to Johannes Vermeer in second, followed by Max Dynamite running third at the famous Flemington track.
It was a unique training double with 24-year-old Joseph’s father, Aiden O’Brien, training the second place getter.
“I can’t believe it,” the younger O’Brien told Channel Seven.
“His preparation went really good, and Corey gave him an unbelievable ride.
“The lads at home and the lads here have done an unbelievable job. All the lads at home, all year round, have done a great job with him.”
Rekindling was backed by lucky punters at odds of 16/1.
The 2017 Melbourne Cup was the 157th running of 3,200 metre race; the most prestigious Australian gallop and the world’s richest handicap horse race.
This year, connections of the winning horse collect AUD$3.6 million, while second place is awarded $900,000 and third gets $450,000, down to $125,000 for tenth place.
FILE IMAGE: Racing at Flemington in Melbourne, Australia. (Via Neale Cousland / Shutterstock.com)