Slow Pace gave Fame Game no chance in Melbourne Cup

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A slow pace set by the leaders in the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington today gave favourite Fame Game little chance of figuring in the finish.

Prince Of Penzance with Michelle Payne on top wins the Melbourne Cup. Photo by Steve Hart.

Prince Of Penzance with Michelle Payne on top wins the Melbourne Cup. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Japanese stayer is a noted backmarker and needs plenty of speed on up front to allow him to finish over the top of the front runners.

Fame Game’s run in the Group 1 $3m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield just over two weeks ago when he finishes strongly to run sixth saw the Yoshitada Munakata trained six year old sent out as the $5 favourite in today’s Melbourne Cup.

Zac Purton positioned Fame Game in his usual position near the tail of the field but he was unable to pick up the leaders and plugged away to finish in thirteenth spot, five and a half lengths behind the winner Prince Of Penzance.

“I’m quite disappointed by the result,” Munakata said.

“He was unable to get a great position in the first half of the race and with the slow pace he wouldn’t settle and was pulling quite a bit.”

Purton had a similar comment after the race that summed up the run.

“They just went too slow,” Purton said.

While Fame Game was out the back and out of contention, winning jockey Michelle Payne had the $101 outsider Prince Of Penzance travelling sweetly in a midfield position on the fence, saving plenty of ground.

Payne was able to work off the fence and into the clear shortly after entering the straight and gave Prince Of Penzance an uninterrupted run to the line to score a half a length win over English stayer Max Dynamite ($13) with Criterion ($19) running a brave race for third.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.


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  3. Crayge

    Dettori ruined many chances caused chaos and jockeys and horses could have died.
    He should be banned from all Aust feature races for next 12months including next spring. By the way max dynamite was my tip so no sour grapes here

  4. Brian

    It’s not rocket science, if your main hope is a back marker, you also bring a front runner to make the pace, the Japanese have over 2000 horse’s in their stable ???

  5. Brian

    Frankie should of got two month’s out of the saddle band, fined he’s riding ,winnings from the second place he wrongly got , Huge Bowman was robbed of his first Melbourne cup,Preferment was winding up like a runaway train and got derailed by Frankie’s careless stupid ride.

  6. Anonymous

    Dreadful report on the race. Just to clarify, Max Dynamite is trained in Ireland.

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