Shocking has won the $5.
5 million Melbourne Cup ahead of Crime Scene and Mourilyan in the nation’s biggest race, giving lucky punters a return of $10 to each dollar they placed on his winning run.
Owned by former Cairns resident Laurence Eales, the four-year-old was trained by Mark Kavanagh and ridden by Corey Brown.
He was Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s pick for winner of the nation-stopping race.
For jockey Corey Brown, the win made up for the heartache of his narrow defeat on Bauer 12 months ago.
Internationals take second and third
Shocking and international raider Crime Scene pulled away from the pack in the straight and had the race between them before the four-year-old got the better of the Godolphin galloper.
Another international, Mourilyan, ran on late for third.
Brown had been booked to ride Vigor in the Cup but picked up the mount on Shocking when Vigor didn’t make the final field.
Sydney-based Brown said winning the Cup was a dream come true after seconds aboard Bauer, who was beaten by a nose by Viewed in a photo finish last year, and by Mr Prudent in 2002.
“Last year was very disappointing but I’ve got it,” Brown said.
“I’ve finally won the Melbourne Cup.
“My dream has come true, I can’t describe it, it’s unbelievable.
“Great job Mark Kavanagh and the horse, he travelled three deep with no cover, I know he had the light weight but he toughed it out so well.”
Melbourne punters going all out
Punters were not holding back with their bets on a blustery day at Flemington, with $11.6 million at stake by 10.30am (AEDT) by Victorians for the big race – ahead of the same time last year.
Gary Davies at TAB SportsBet were expecting a total exceeding $130 million across Victoria and NSW by the time the race started.
“The biggest bet we’ve had for the Cup today at fixed odds was $100,000 on Alcopop – so that punter stands to win $500,000,” Mr Davies told AAP.
Alcopop firmed into second favourite from $6.00 to $5.50 behind the Bart Cummings-trained Viewed.
But punters jumped on to another Cummings horse ahead of Shocking’s shocking win, rallying behind Roman Emperor.
The 8-1 Roman Emperor had more money put on him than Viewed.
Betting slow at Randwick
NSW bookmaker Colin Tidy said there was some early support for Allez Wonder, the outsider of master trainer Bart Cummings’ trio of runners at Sydney’s Randwick racecourse.
“They’ve mostly been betting around the favourites and generally the smaller punters don’t start betting early on the Cup, they’ll wait until just before the race,” Tidy said.
“Overall, it’s a lot quieter here than previous years but we had a professional punter put a good bet on Allez Wonder at $31.”
Cummings was represented by Viewed, the early favourite on the NSW totalisator, and AJC Derby winner Roman Emperor who is second pick ahead of Alcopop.
As revellers in Victoria arrived decked out in designer glory, New South Welsh fans celebrating the nation’s big race were warned not to get carried away with Cup-day barbecues, as a fire warning was put in place.
How they fared in full:
2. Crime Scene
4. Master O’Reilly
5. Harris Tweed
8. C’est La Guerre
13. Gallions Reach
14. Leica Ding
15. Ista Kareem
16. Allez Wonder
20. Spin Around
21. Roman Emperor
23 and last Warringah