A crowd of 90,536 witnessed Rekindling deliver jockey Corey Brown a second Emirates Melbourne Cup and owner Lloyd Williams his sixth, as the prominent racing identity clinched the quinella in the $6.25 million race at Flemington.
It’s was a first Emirates Melbourne Cup for 24 year old Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien, while Brown won ‘the race that stops a nation’™ in 2009 aboard Shocking.
Four-year-old Rekindling took the lead with less than 25 metres to go, edging out Johannes Vermeer, also owned by Williams and trained by O’Brien’s father, Aidan O’Brien.
It was an Irish training trifecta, with Willie Mullins taking third with Max Dynamite.
Rekindling’s triumph hands Williams his sixth Emirates Melbourne Cup and back to back wins in the race, with Almandin securing victory last year.
Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Interim Chief Executive Neil Wilson said this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup was a thrilling spectacle.
“The Emirates Melbourne Cup attracts the finest Australian and international staying horses as well as thousands of people who travel to Melbourne from interstate and overseas to join Victorians in being part of the race that stops a nation.
“It’s brilliant to see the Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy again remain in Victoria, with Lloyd Williams further cementing his place in history, and Corey Brown combining with young trainer Joseph O’Brien to deliver an exciting finish to our great race,” Mr Wilson said.
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott joined fellow Flemington-based trainers Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra as trainers to register a double on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.
Leading female jockeys Jamie Kah and Nikita Beriman enjoyed success on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, along with Stephen Baster and Chris Symons who achieved a winning double.
The popular Birdcage Enclosure was home to a host of celebrities including VRC and Emirates international guest Lara Stone, VRC and Myer international guest Paris Jackson, Jennifer Hawkins at Myer, Jessica McNamee and Robyn Lawley at Kennedy, Jane Seymour and Taylor Dayne at Sensis, Pia Miller at G.H.Mumm, Kate Waterhouse at Lexus and Zoe Ventoura at Lavazza.
At Myer Fashions on the Field, first-time entrant Holly Stearnes took out the Women’s Racewear Daily Final in a yellow and pink Nicola Finetti dress, Nine West gold shoes and bag and a blush-toned headpiece. Holly will compete for the Victoria title and entry into the National Final on Kennedy Oaks Day.
Alexander Jordan, 24, from Melbourne won the inaugural Men’s Racewear Final on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, wearing a double-breasted grey suit, black and grey striped tie, black pocket square and black Aquila shoes.
Helen Manuell won the prestigious Design Award with a white silk culotte jumpsuit, paired with Delpozo shoes and a Murley and Co floral headpiece.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival continues on Thursday with Kennedy Oaks Day, featuring the Group 1 Kennedy Oaks and the national final of Myer Fashions on the Field.
Melbourne Cup Carnival tickets are still available for purchase from Federation Square, Flinders Street, Southern Cross and North Melbourne train stations or racegoers can jump the queues and buy online from Ticketek on their mobiles, even on raceday. Admission is free for children under 16 accompanied by an adult.