Melbourne Cup Results 2011 – Winner Is Dunaden in Photo Finish

Dunaden

Dunaden (yellow) edges out Red Cadeaux (left) by the smallest margin to become the 2011 Melbourne Cup winner

French snare their second successive Melbourne Cup

Today the 151st edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’, the 2011 Melbourne Cup, was won by the French-trained Geelong Cup winner Dunaden from the Ed Dunlop-trained European raider Red Cadeaux in a photo finish Melbourne Cup 2011 result.

The closest to a dead heat Melbourne Cup finish the nation has seen before, the 2011 Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden claimed the iconic Flemington showdown by the bob of the head, with the Anthony Freedman-trained Lucas Cranach finishing off the Melbourne Cup Trifecta in third a further length and a quarter away.

It was Viewed and Bauer all over again from 2008 when the Melbourne Cup was decided by a mere nose.

Defending champion and this year’s Melbourne Cup favouite at Luxbet was Americain.

Despite a powerful late burst and a colossal run to finish fourth on the line, the 58kg topweight proved just too much for Americain to handle and the galloper failed to salute for the punters or become the sixth horse in history to win multiple Melbourne Cups.

Once again it was the French flag being waved at Flemington Racecourse, Dunaden also hailing from France and being prepared by Mikel Delzangles who once worked as an assistant trainer to Americain’s mentor Alain de Royer Dupre.

And once again the Geelong Cup form proved powerful, Dunaden following in the hoofsteps of Amercain by claiming the Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double.

Dunaden was one of only three horses in the Melbourne Cup field, which featured 23 runners at start time, at single-figure odds in the betting markets.

In pre-race drama the original jockey booked to ride the subsequent Melbourne Cup winner, Craig Williams missed the ride due to suspension and the glory went to French jockey Christophe Lemaire who was called in from Japan at the eleventh-hour.

Proving themselves as a world-class jockey, Lemaire rode Duanden to perfection in a Melbourne Cup run at a muddling pace.

Dunaden also proved to be a world-class performer and a world-class stayer, the horse originally looking in trouble with 100 metres to travel but to their credit they held on, stuck their head down on the line and raced their way into the Melbourne Cup history books.

It was Bart Cummings’ German import Illo from the inside barrier one that went forward to race on the pace and lead the Melbourne Cup field right until the turn for home.

At the 1000 metre mark Duanden was still settled nicely 10 lengths off the leader.

Illo and the fellow Bart Cummings-trained stablemate Precedence were the leaders coming around the bend, but the challengers quickly moved up.

Red Cadeaux, ridden by Michael Rodd, came flashing home hard and fast on the outside while Duanden made their charge down the middle.

The duo fought it out stride for stride in a Melbourne Cup finish down the famous Flemington straight that will be remembered for a long time to come.

It was a nervous wait for everyone in Australia from the jockeys and connections to the punters as the Melbourne Cup photo was consulted.

On the line it was Dunaden with everyone thinking “What a finish, what a ride.”

“This is just unbelievable,” Lemaire said seconds after his win was announced officially.

“It was very narrow.”

When interviewed a few more moments later the Melbourne Cup success had started to sink in for Lemaire.

“It’s a great moment for me this is incredible,” he said, moved to tears.

“I was a bit anxious, I know it was very close.

“I thought maybe the outside horse (Red Cadeaux) win so I feel a bit disappointed even though the horse gave everything.”

Trainer Mikel Delzangles was equally as amazed and emotional after the Melbourne Cup result was finalised.

“I’m still shaking it’s amazing,” he said

“I thought I was beaten so it’s even better.”

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2011 Melbourne Cup Finishing Order & Result

Finish No. Horse Jockey Trainer Weight Margin
1st 3 DUNADEN(13) Christophe Lemaire Mikel Delzangles 54.5 3-20.84
2nd 12 RED CADEAUX(15) Michael Rodd Ed Dunlop 53.5 0.1L
3rd 9 LUCAS CRANACH(11) Corey Brown Anthony Freedman 53.5 1.4L
4th 1 AMERICAIN(14) Gerald Mosse Alain de Royer Dupre 58.0 1.5L
5th 6 MANIGHAR(20) Damien Oliver Luca Cumani 54.0 2.7L
6th 15 LOST IN THE MOMENT(3) William Buick Saeed Bin Suroor 53.0 2.8L
7th 8 FOX HUNT(18) Silvestre De Sousa Mark Johnston 53.5 2.9L
8th 23 NIWOT(9) Dean Yendall Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 51.0 3.7L
9th 7 UNUSUAL SUSPECT(7) Brad Rawiller Michael Kent 54.0 3.8L
10th 17 AT FIRST SIGHT(10) Steven King Robert Hickmott 52.5 6.5L
11th 11 PRECEDENCE(2) Darren Beadman Bart Cummings 53.5 6.6L
12th 4 DRUNKEN SAILOR(8) Dwayne Dunn Luca Cumani 54.0 7.6L
13th 21 THE VERMINATOR(4) Craig Newitt Chris Waller 52.0 7.8L
14th 22 TULLAMORE(12) Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse 52.0 7.9L
15th 18 MOYENNE CORNICHE(16) Brett Prebble Brian Ellison 52.0 8.0L
16th 19 SAPTAPADI(21) Chris Symons Brian Ellison 52.0 8.1L
17th 24 OLDER THAN TIME(19) Tim Clark Gai Waterhouse 51.0 8.6L
18th 13 HAWK ISLAND(17) Glyn Schofield Chris Waller 53.0 8.9L
19th 14 ILLO(1) Jim Cassidy Bart Cummings 53.0 14.9L
20th 2 JUKEBOX JURY(6) Neil Callan Mark Johnston 57.0 16.7L
21st 20 SHAMROCKER(23) Luke Nolen Danny O’Brien 52.0 17.0L
22nd 5 GLASS HARMONIUM(22) Lisa Cropp Michael Moroney 54.0 17.1L
23rd 16 MODUN(5) Kerrin McEvoy Saeed Bin Suroor 53.0 25.6L
Src 10 MOURAYAN Hugh Bowman Robert Hickmott