The 2017 Melbourne Cup results will be known shortly after 2pm this afternoon and there is plenty of quality racing before we get to the feature race of the afternoon.
The first race of the day gets underway at 11am and we will be covering all the results as they roll in this afternoon.
The Melbourne Cup will be the seventh race of the afternoon at Flemington and we are set for one of the most open editions of ‘the race that stops a nation’ in recent memory.
Marmelo is currently available at 2017 Melbourne Cup odds of $7.50 and he is currently on top of the Melbourne Cup betting market with Ladbrokes, but there has also been plenty of support for last year’s winner Almandin ($9.50), Caulfield Cup placegetter Johannes Vermeer ($10), Ladbrokes Cox Plate runner-up Humidor ($11), Ladbrokes Herbert Power Stakes runner-up Wall Of Fire ($12) and Northern Hemisphere three-year-old Rekindling ($14).
One of the best-backed roughies in the field has been Single Gaze and the popular mare has been backed from $41 into $34, while one of the big drifters has been Willie Mullins-trained Thomas Hobson who is now out to $20.
Boom Time may have won the Caulfield Cup, but he has still been relatively friendless in Melbourne Cup betting markets and he is priced at $31 to complete one of the most unlikely Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup doubles in recent memory.
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Race 7 (3:00pm) – $6,000,000 Group 1 Melbourne Cup Results
It was another Melbourne Cup dominated by Lloyd Williams as Rekindling recorded a narrow victory over Johannes Vermeer.
Johannes Vermeer kicked clear at the 300 metre mark and he looked as though he would run away with the Melbourne Cup, but Rekindling exploded from the pack at the 150 metre mark.
Rekindling kept on finding and he got in front of Johannes Vermeer in the shadows of the post to deliver owner Lloyd Williams a sixth Melbourne Cup winner.
Rekindling joins Just A Dash (1981), What A Nuisance (1985), Efficient (2007), Green Moon (2012) and Almandin (2015) as Lloyd Williams-owned winners of the Melbourne Cup.
“Aidan would be so excited – not just because he has run second, but his 23-year-old son has won the race,” Williams said.
“We got this horse as a yearling.
“David Watchman had him originally and when Joseph O’Brien got his licence we gave it to him.
“It is a dream and I am so thrilled.
“I can’t put it into words to be perfectly honest.
“I thought those horse had some chance because I thought his run in the Leger was good and I’ve been saying to people that the three-year-old form over there has been very good.”
Corey Brown gave Rekindling a peach of a ride in transit and time his run to perfection to claim his second Melbourne Cup win since he won the race for the first time with Shocking in 2009.
There have been some tough times for Brown since he returned to Australia from Singapore 18 months ago and he was clearly over the moon that all of his hard work had been worth it.
“I felt a little bit left out – I’d lost my spot because I’d been away too long,” Brown said.
“I’ve been slowly chipping away too get back to where I was and I am just starting to feel the love now.
“I’ve been getting plenty of opportunities in big races, but just the midweek races I’ve been struggling to get back to where I was.
“I had a great run.
“I had to get down to 51.5, but it is all worth it when you get wins like this.
“I was a fraction slow away, but after speaking to Joseph I didn’t want to rev him up and get him too keen.
“In transit he had the perfect run and he deserved to be the winner.”
Johannes Vermeer was incredibly gallant in defeat and continued his stellar run since arriving in Australia, while Max Dynamite was able to round out the placings in third place.
- 1st – Rekindling
- 2nd – Johannes Vermeer
- 3rd – Max Dynamite
Race 1 (11:00am) – $150,000 Group 3 Emirates 100th A380 Stakes Results
Setsuna was far too good for her rivals in the 2017 Emirates 100th A380 Stakes at Flemington this morning.
Setsuna went straight to the front with Stephen Baster in the saddle and she was quickly able to find the inside running rail.
Baster asked Setsuna for an extra effort at the 300 metre mark and she quickly raced away from her rivals for another impressive win.
- 1st – Setsuna
- 2nd – Roobeena
- 3rd – Aristocratic Miss
Race 2 (11:40pm) – $120,000 TAB Trophy Results
Tahanee will head to the Matriarch Stakes at Flemington on Saturday after she won the TAB Trophy at Flemington this morning.
It was Invincibella that was well-backed in the lead-up to the race, but she missed the start and that proved to be the difference.
Invincibella made up plenty of ground late, but she was unable to run down Tahanee who had taken up a forward position in the early stages of the race.
- 1st – Tahanee
- 2nd – Invincibella
- 3rd – Stormsabrewing
Race 3 (12:15pm) – $120,000 Lavazza Short Black Handicap Results
Dollar For Dollar proved too strong for Milwaukee in the final stages to claim an impressive win in the Lavazza Short Black Handicap at Flemington this afternoon.
Milwaukee looked home when he kicked clear at 300 metre mark, but he clearly tired late and it was Dollar For Dollar that was able to finish over the top of him.
Jamie Kah timed her run to perfection on Dollar For Dollar and she was delighted to have claimed a maiden Melbourne Cup win.
- 1st – Dollar For Dollar
- 2nd – Land Of Plenty
- 3rd – Milwaukee
Race 4 (12:50pm) – $120,000 Ronald McDonald House Charities Plate Results
Fanatic showed an impressive turn-of-foot to win the Ronald McDonald House Charities Plate at Flemington this afternoon.
It was anybody’s races in the final stages of the race, but Fanatic emerged from the pack in the final 100 metres to return to winning form.
Fanatic had failed to fire during the 2017 Spring Racing Carnival and trainer David Hayes was thrilled to finally see the best from the talented mare.
- 1st – Fanatic
- 2nd – Sherlock Holmes
- 3rd – Swacadelic
Race 5 (1:25pm) – $120,000 Flemington Fling Results
Prezado showed an impressive turn-of-foot to record the biggest win of his career in the Flemington Fling on Melbourne Cup Day.
Chris Symons timed his run to perfection on Prezado and the lightly-raced galloper looked like the winner a long way from home.
Prezado was beaten by Banter last start at Echuca and his victory in the Flemington Fling was the first of his racing career.
- 1st – Prezado
- 2nd – Bandipur
- 3rd – William Thomas
Race 6 (2:00pm) – $150,000 Listed Lexus Hybrid Plate Results
Our Crown Mistress made it four wins on the trot with a tough win in the 2017 Lexus Hybrid Plate at Flemington this afternoon.
Stephen Baster pushed forward to take up the running on Our Crown Mistress and she kicked clear at the top of the straight.
Luqyaa stormed home late, but Our Crown Mistress was too strong and she held-on to claim another impressive win.
- 1st – Our Crown Mistress
- 2nd – Luqyaa
- 3rd – Warranty
Race 8 (4:05pm) – $150,000 Listed James Boag’s Premium Stakes Results
Odeon took advantage of his opportunity in the James Boag’s Premium Stakes to record a fighting win in the Listed event.
Odeon was originally the first emergency in the James Boag’s Premium Stakes, but he earnt a start following the scratching of Kidmenever.
Chris Symons timed his ride to perfect on Odeon to claim a second winner on Melbourne Cup Day.
- 1st – Odeon
- 2nd – Life Less Ordinary
- 3rd – Second Bullet
Race 9 (4:45pm) – $150,000 Listed MSS Security Sprint Results
Ocean Embers returned to winning form to claim the MSS Security Sprint at Flemington this afternoon.
The field split down the Flemington straight and it was the horses on the outside that had the advantage.
Faatinah led early, but Ocean Embers proved too strong late to record her first race win in over a year.
- 1st – Ocean Embers
- 2nd – Faatinah
- 3rd – I Thought So