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2019 Melbourne Cup Day steals the show at Flemington Racecourse with a gun field full of internationals out to continue their dominance in the ‘race that stops a nation’, and below the Races.com.au team have the live Melbourne Cup Day results from Flemington across the afternoon.
Lexus Melbourne Cup Day racing features a huge 10 race card, but all the punters are counting down to just one race – the Group 1 $7.75 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m).
The country’s leading horseman Chris Waller is a four-time Cox Plate winning horseman, but he chases his maiden ‘Loving Trophy’ saddling up two of the 24 Melbourne Cup horses in 2019 including the firming favourite Finche.
Fourth in the Melbourne Cup results last year, this import is a more mature galloper 12 months on and looks a huge hope for favourite backers in barrier four with last year’s winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.
Finche is at current Melbourne Cup odds of $8.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au for Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEDT) this afternoon to beat a class field that includes the likes of last year’s winner Cross Counter ($15), the Japanese-trained Caulfield Cup champ Mer De Glace ($9) and one-time favourite Constantinople ($9.50).
Stay tuned across the afternoon for the latest Flemington racing results, live Melbourne Cup Day winners and the 2019 Melbourne Cup results!
Race 10 (5:15pm) – Listed $175,000 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m)
- 1st: #2 Akari
- 2nd: #6 Betcha Flying
- 3rd: #5 Xilong
The Brad Widdup-trained Snitzel filly Akari, a million-dollar purchase, posted her third win on the trot elevating to the next level to take out the 2019 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes for her second black-type victory in the last on Melbourne Cup Day. Ridden by James McDonald, she absolutely flew home late to beat home the Chris Waller-trained Betcha Flying (2nd) and the in-form Xilong (3rd).
Race 9 (4:40pm) – Listed $175,000 MSS Security Sprint (1200m)
- 1st: #2 Tactical Advantage
- 2nd: #11 Holbien
- 3rd: #4 Milwaukee
The Kris Lees-trained Tactical Advantage was back in winning form for the first time since January in the penultimate event on Melbourne Cup Day, the Kris Lees-trained sprinter getting the gap and surging home ahead of Holbien (2nd) and Milwaukee (3rd) after a brilliant ride from Damien Oliver.
Race 8 (4:00pm) – Listed $175,000 Furphy Plate (1800m)
- 1st: #2 Yulong Prince
- 2nd: #11 Looks Like Elvis
- 3rd: #8 So You Win
Chris Waller may have missed out on the big race at Flemington, but the master horseman enjoyed a third Cup Day victory with Yulong Prince charging home late to win the Furphy Plate. One race after taking out his first Melbourne Cup aboard Vow And Declare, jockey Craig Williams looked home on Looks Like Elvis but had to settle for second after being run down on the line by the winner – ridden to victory by the in-form Nash Rawiller. So You Win ran an enormous late run for third.
- 1st: #23 Vow And Declare
- 2nd: #12 Prince Of Arran
- 3rd: #20 Il Paradiso
The Danny O’Brien-trained Vow And Declare became the first Australian-bred Melbourne Cup winner since Shocking (2009), the gun four-year-old improving on a lead-up second in the Caulfield Cup to give jockey Craig Williams his first ‘Loving Trophy’. It was a thrilling result to the ‘race that stops a nation’, Williams sticking to the inside rail in a tight finish never deviating from his position to beat home the international raiders. Second past the post Master Of Reality was later relegated to fourth in the Melbourne Cup results after the successful protest of Il Paradiso (fourth past the post). Il Paradiso then was officially rewarded third, boosting Prince Of Arran – third in 2018 – into second.
Race 6 (1:55pm) – Group 3 $200,000 Jim Beam Stakes (1400m)
- 1st: #2 Teleplay
- 2nd: #8 La Tigeresa
- 3rd: #4 Sweet Scandal
A gun ride down the inside by the in-form Nash Rawiller saw the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained Teleplay secure a big Group 3 win on Melbourne Cup Day at double-figures. Celebrating her first win since a black-type on Cup Day 12 months ago, the daughter of Written Tycoon relished a return to Flemington and a drop in grade after her unplaced run (10th) behind Savatiano in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) last time out. Teleplay relaxed well in the run before producing an excellent turn of foot for the dominant victory ahead of last start winner La Tigeresa and the Chris Waller-trained Sweet Scandal (3rd).
Race 5 (1:20pm) – $135,000 Schweppervescence Plate (1000m)
- 1st: #4 Garner
- 2nd: #3 Can’t Be Done
- 3rd: #2 Hawker Hurricane
The strong speed in the race suited the Gordon Richards-trained Garner from South Australia to a tee down the 1000m at Flemington, the impressive Barbados three-year-old celebrating his third win from six starts thanks to a lovely ride from jockey Dwayne Dunn. Dunn winded up on the favourite in the closing stages of the short-distance sprint, Garner exploding in the middle and hitting the front 100m out from the line in an explosive finish to defeat the Danny O’Brien-trained Can’t Be Done (2nd) with on-speed runner Hawker Hurricane in third.
Race 4 (12:45pm) – $135,000 The Macca’s Run (2800m)
- 1st: #3 Shared Ambition
- 2nd: #8 Creedence
- 3rd: #1 Big Blue
Trainer Chris Waller celebrated back-to-back races on Melbourne Cup Day with his 2020 Melbourne Cup prospect Shared Ambition saluting for the punters as the odds-on favourite in the fourth. The imported Born To Sea four-year-old has now won his fifth on the trot including all three starts in Australia for Waller. He and jockey Nash Rawiller were a little wayward out the barriers before advancing through the field to settle around sixth, one off the fence. Roughie Etah James crossed to the rails to lead setting only a moderate tempo in the staying showdown, while Shared Ambition looked in an awkward position getting back into eighth. The well-backed favourite was still third last at the turn, but came with a charging run from a nasty spot to salute ahead of Creedence for Lindsay Park. The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Big Blue carried the top weight to third having raced on the speed along the rails throughout.
Race 3 (12:10pm) – $125,000 TAB Trophy (1700m)
- 1st: #7 Sure Knee
- 2nd: #13 Extreme Pride
- 3rd: #4 Aliferous
The Chris Waller-trained Snitzel mare Sure Knee had the outstanding Flemington track form and added to her commanding record at HQ with ace hoop Kerrin McEvoy guiding her to a tidy two length win in the third on Melbourne Cup Day ahead of the Waller – McEvoy partnership combining again in Race 7 with the 2019 Melbourne Cup favourite Finche. Sure Knee got the drop on the in-form Danny O’Brien-trained Extreme Pride, coming off fourth straight wins, in the final furlong leaving the field behind. Third mare past the post Aliferious for Kris Lees was flying, the best of the on speed runners rounding out the trifecta.
Race 2 (11:35am) – $125,000 Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy (1400m)
- 1st: #3 Bravo Tango
- 2nd: #5 East Indiaman
- 3rd: #1 William Thomas
Young Ballarat horseman Mitchell Freedman enjoyed a win on the big stage with his Congrats five-year-old Bravo Tango – a one-time Australian Guineas fancy – saluting in the second on Melbourne Cup Day. The Congrats five-year-old settled around fifth in running as Al Passem led the field around before knuckling down in the closing stages down the straight to charge home ahead of last start Cranbourne winner East Indiaman. The John Price-trained top-weight William Thomas in his first go at the 1400m looked the winner in the final furlong coming with a great run up the rails, but the 60.5kg proved a little too much as he got run down to finish third.
Race 1 (10:55am) – Group 3 $200,000 Darley Ottawa Stakes (1000m)
- 1st: #2 Aryaaf
- 2nd: #8 Muntaseera
- 3rd: #7 Marchena
Lindsay Park kicked off Melbourne Cup Day with a win by their Epaulette filly Aryaaf who saluted in her race debut showing plenty of raw ability in the Ottawa Stakes 2019. Jockey Luke Nolen plotted his own course on the filly who looked a little green, racing wayward down that famous Flemington straight. She went to the outside late and without the rail to guide her, had to rely on her natural talent to get her over the line. Race favourite Muntaseera looked the winner before Nolen charged home out wide, still a terrific performance from the Linda Meech-ridden runner-up who had to make up ground after missing the kick by two lengths. Ciaron Maher & David Eustace enjoyed both second and third in the Ottwa Stakes trifecta with Marchena finishing third behind her stablemate.
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