Emirates Melbourne Cup
Group 1 Handicap, Flemington
3yo plus, 2m    
Tuesday, 7th November 2017

Cheltenham unlikely as Dynamite team target Melbourne Cup again

Feb 14 Owner Rich Ricci admits Max Dynamite is unlikely to make next month's Cheltenham Festival, with a crack at the Melbourne Cup in November the ultimate aim this year.

Max Dynamite
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Max Dynamite

The seven-year-old was beaten just half a length in the Flemington Group One back in 2015, but two outings on the Flat last year yielded little joy and he has been off the track since finishing down the field in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last June.

Max Dynamite is on offer at around the 20-1 mark for the County Hurdle at Cheltenham, but Ricci believes the Punchestown Festival at the end of April is a more likely option before he builds towards another Australian trip.

Ricci told his RTE blog: "I'm often asked about him and I'm happy to report that he's fine, back in training and riding out.

"It's not certain that he won't get to Cheltenham but it's probably a bit unlikely, and he should be ready for Punchestown on the way towards getting ready for a Flat campaign.

"The Melbourne Cup, in which he finished second two years ago, is the ultimate aim. Getting him back to Flemington Park this winter would be an extraordinary thrill."

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Emirates Melbourne Cup 2016 (Group 1 Handicap)
A$ 6,200,000
3yo plus, 2m (3200 Metres)
24 ran
Going: Good

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (17) Almandin (GER) (ex2) 7/1 K McEvoy
R Hickmott 6
2nd (23) hd Heartbreak City (FR) 14/1 J Moreira
A J Martin 6
3rd (12) Hartnell 9/2f James McDonald
J A O'Shea 5
4th (15) Qewy (IRE) (ex1)16/1 Craig Williams
C Appleby 6
5th (20) nse Who Shot Thebarman (NZ) 20/1 H Bowman
C J Waller 8
6th (19) s.h Almoonqith (USA) 25/1 Michael Walker
David A Hayes and Tom Dabernig 6
7th (1) 1 Beautiful Romance 66/1 Damian Lane
S bin Suroor 4
8th (13) ¾ Exospheric 16/1 D M Oliver
Lee & Freedman 4
9th (4) ¾ Pentathlon (NZ) 100/1 M Du Plessis
J Wheeler 5
10th (7) nse Big Orange 12/1 J P Spencer
M L W Bell 5
11th (9) nk Grand Marshal (AUS) 25/1 B Melham
C J Waller 7
12th (11) hd Oceanographer (ex2) 15/2 C Schofield
C Appleby 4
13th (5) ¾ Bondi Beach (IRE) 8/1 R L Moore
A P O'Brien 4
14th (16) 3 Grey Lion (IRE) 33/1 G Boss
Matthew Cumani 4
15th (3) hd Jameka (AUS) (ex4) 7/1 Nicholas Hall
C Maher 4
16th (21) Excess Knowledge 40/1 V Duric
Ms G Waterhouse 6
17th (6) nse Our Ivanhowe (EG) 40/1 D Dunn
Lee & Freedman 6
18th (14) 5 Sir John Hawkwood (IRE) (ex3) 80/1 B Spriggs
John Thompson 7
19th (22) s.h Assign (AUS) (ex2) 66/1 Katelyn Mallyon
R Hickmott 6
20th (2) Gallante (IRE) 40/1 B Shinn
R Hickmott 5
21st (10) nk Secret Number 25/1 S Baster
S bin Suroor 6
22nd (24) 2 Wicklow Brave 10/1 L Dettori
W P Mullins 7
23rd (18) 3 Curren Mirotic (JPN) 33/1 Tommy Berry
O Hirata 8
24th (8) 99 Rose Of Virginia (AUS) 66/1 Ben Thompson
Lee & Hope 7


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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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