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Green Moon Wins Melbourne Cup for Australia
06/11/12

1 Green Moon 19/1
2 Fiorente 30/1
3 Jakkalberry 80/1
24 ran Distances: 1l, 1¼l, ¾l
TIME 3m 20.45s
Jockey: Brett Prebble
Trainer: Robert Hickmott

Green Moon, trained by Robert Hickmott and ridden by Brett Prebble, won the Emirates Melbourne Cup for Australia as a strong-looking European team was left largely disappointed.

Green Moon

Green Moon

The Marco Botti-trained Jakkalberry fared best of the foreign raiders in third, but was some distance away from the accomplished winner.

Green Moon, formerly trained in Berkshire by Harry Dunlop, flashed past the long-time leader Glencadam Gold a furlong and a half from home under an assured Prebble and went on to beat Fiorente into second.

"It's the pinnacle of racing in Australia," said the winning jockey.

Fiorente
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Fiorente
"I've had some great highs here, but you don't get any higher than reaching the pinnacle. If he sustained the journey, nothing was going to go with him.

"It's very emotional and it's going to last for a long time."

Nick Williams, son of victorious owner Lloyd Williams, said: "It's terrific. I'm so proud for all of our team at the farm.

"It's another Melbourne Cup win for 'Team Williams'. We've put a lot of money in and a hell of a lot of effort so to get this result is terrific. I'm so excited and so happy for all our people."

Marco Botti was left to rue a lack of pace in the Melbourne Cup after his charge Jakkalberry finished third.

The Newmarket handler's charge fared best of the Europeans in the race, with Luca Cumani's Mount Athos fifth and Ed Dunlop's Red Cadeaux back in eighth place after a stop-start gallop to the 'race that stops a nation'.

Botti said: "He ran a very good race, but he probably could have done with the pace being a bit quicker. He stayed on very well. It's been a fantastic adventure and I knew I'd left a bit of improvement in the horse."

The trainer added: "I had him at his best today. He's got an invitation for the Japan Cup and we can also think about Hong Kong, but we'll see how he comes out of this first. There's also Dubai and we'll think about coming back next year."

Cumani echoed the thoughts of Botti when assessing Mount Athos' display.

He said: "Today's race was totally inconclusive because of the lack of pace. He was further back than we would have liked. Ryan started to move him forwards but he got bumped. He was the fastest finisher in the race."

Mount Athos' owner, Dr Marwan Koukash, who has lit up the press conferences with his boundless enthusiasm, said: "I'm a bit disappointed but he ran a big race. He would have liked a better pace but he finished like a train. Hopefully we can have a similar campaign and come back next year."

Ed Dunlop also felt 2011 runner-up Red Cadeaux, who stayed on for eighth, was hamstrung by a weakly-run encounter.

He said: "About 15 jockeys will tell you that there was no pace. He had to drop in anyway, but he just couldn't make up the ground."

David Redvers, racing manager for Dunaden's owners, Pearl Bloodstock, said: "He won so well in the Caulfield Cup that it might have taken the edge off him. He's probably got too much weight in handicaps and he'll stick to Group races from now on."

 

 

Emirates Melbourne Cup (GROUP 1)
3200m $6,000,000
24 ran

  Horse Jockey Trainer Wg Margin Odds
1st GREEN MOON(5) Brett Prebble Robert Hickmott  53.5 3-20.45 $18/$20 
2nd FIORENTE(2) James McDonald Gai Waterhouse  53.5 1.0L $31/$31 
3rd JAKKALBERRY(19) Colm O'Donoghue Marco Botti  55.5 2.3L $71/$81 
4th KELINNI(10) Glen Boss Chris Waller  51.0 3.0L $18/$19 
5th MOUNT ATHOS(8) Ryan Moore Luca Cumani  54.0 3.2L $7.50/$7.50 
6th GLENCADAM GOLD(7) Tommy Berry Gai Waterhouse  53.5 4.0L $41/$41 
7th MOURAYAN(3) Hugh Bowman Robert Hickmott  53.5 4.7L $26/$26 
8th RED CADEAUX(18) Michael Rodd Ed Dunlop  55.5 5.7L $9.50/$9.50 
9th PRECEDENCE(20) Blake Shinn Bart Cummings  53.0 5.9L $101/$101 
10th MY QUEST FOR PEACE(1) Corey Brown Luca Cumani  53.5 6.1L $17/$18 
11th AMERICAIN(12) Damien Oliver Alain de Royer Dupre  58.0 6.5L $8/$7.50 
12th CAVALRYMAN(6) Frankie Dettori Saeed Bin Suroor  54.0 7.5L $26/$31 
13th VOILA ICI(13) Vlad Duric Peter G Moody  55.0 7.8L $101/$101 
14th DUNADEN(16) Craig Williams Mikel Delzangles  59.0 9.8L $7/$7F 
15th NIWOT(15) Dwayne Dunn Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes  53.5 9.9L $61/$71 
16th LIGHTS OF HEAVEN(17) Luke Nolen Peter G Moody  53.0 10.7L $17/$20 
17th WINCHESTER(22) Jamie Mott John Sadler  55.5 10.9L $61/$61 
18th SANAGAS(4) Nicholas Hall Bart Cummings  54.0 11.3L $41/$51 
19th MALUCKYDAY(9) Jim Cassidy Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes  53.5 11.7L $15/$17 
20th GALILEO'S CHOICE(11) Patrick Smullen Dermot K Weld  53.5 11.8L $15/$16 
21st UNUSUAL SUSPECT(23) Glyn Schofield Michael Kent  53.0 11.9L $151/$151 
22nd ZABEELIONAIRE(24) Craig Newitt Leon Corstens  52.0 12.1L $31/$51 
23rd TAC DE BOISTRON(21) Olivier Doleuze Michael Kent  53.5 13.3L $71/$101 
24th ETHIOPIA(14) Rhys McLeod Pat Carey  53.5 63.3L $21/$21 

 

Melbourne Cup Timeline

1861 – The first Melbourne Cup was run and won by Archer, ridden by John Cutts
and trained by Etienne De Mestre. The first prize was a gold watch and 930
pounds and the event attracted a crowd 4,000 people

1865 – The first year a trophy was awarded, which was a silver bowl on a stand with
a narrow neck with two ornate handles and topped with a horse and jockey

1873 – The smallest ever Melbourne Cup field with seven starters

1875 – The first time the Melbourne Cup was run on the first Tuesday in November

1877 - Melbourne Cup became a public holiday for Victorians

1880 – First Melbourne Cup to attract an attendance of 100,000

1890 – Carbine won the Melbourne Cup in record time (3.28.25) carrying a record
weight (65.5kg) in the biggest field ever assembled (39)

1896 – The first ever Melbourne Cup to be captured on film

1925 – Melbourne radio station 3LO broadcast a live commentary of the Cup for the
very first time

1930 – Phar Lap makes history, winning races on each of the four days of the
Melbourne Cup Carnival

1948 – Photo finishing was used for the first time to decide the winner with Rimfire
winning over Dark Marne by a nose length

1965 – Light Fingers wins the Melbourne Cup to provide Bart Cummings with his first
Melbourne Cup win

1972 – The first metric running of the Melbourne Cup with the two-mile distance
becoming 3,200 metres

1990 – The fastest run Melbourne Cup was won by Kingston Rule in 3:16.3 minutes

1993 – The first time the great race is won by an international horse, Vintage Crop
from Dublin

2001 – Carbine inducted into the Hall of Fame

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