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Lexus Melbourne Cup Day 2020 will be strangely quiet from a spectator-standpoint on track at HQ but the racing action will be as incredible as ever as the 160th Melbourne Cup winner will become known a few minutes after 3:00pm (AEDT) this afternoon at Flemington Racecourse.
Day 2 of the coveted Melbourne Cup Carnival gets underway at 10:45am (AEDT) and below the Races.com.au team have the live Melbourne Cup Day results from Flemington across the afternoon.
2020 Melbourne Cup Day racing features a triple-shot of Group action but it is the famous Flemington Race 7 that everyone is waiting for.
The Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup field faces off over two-miles in what is dubbed the ‘greatest three minutes of sport’.
For the 2020 edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’ there are eight internationals looking to return to glory after the success of Vow And Declare (2019) led by the Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish duo of Tiger Moth and Anthony Van Dyck who lead betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Danny O’Brien’s reigning champion Vow And Declare is also back to defend his title at big odds and is joined in the line-up by two of his stablemates including one-time favourite Russian Camelot.
The big news out of the Melbourne Cup field on race morning was the scratching of O’Brien’s Adelaide Cup winner King Of Leogrance, found to be lame in the off fore leg.
Throw into the mix the Ladbrokes Cox Plate hero Sir Dragonet, Chris Waller’s Caulfield Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant and last year’s brilliant fifth placegetter Surprise Baby and we’ve got a race!
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Race 10 (5:15pm) – Listed $175,000 MSS Security Sprint (1200m)
- 1st: #6 Exhilarates
- 2nd: #17 The Astrologist
- 3rd: #7 Sirius Suspect
The Godolphin-raced mare Exhilarates defeated the boys in a great finish to take her prize earnings out of $2 million, the Kerrin McEvoy-ridden four-year-old just holding out The Astrologist, while the pace-maker Sirius Suspect held for third. Looking much more relaxed second-up, Exhilarates enjoyed her first win since September last year with the Cup Day success, driving through the gap with 200m to go and hold out the challengers.
Race 9 (4:40pm) – Group 3 $200,000 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m)
- 1st: #14 Rich Hips
- 2nd: #3 Lyre
- 3rd: #2 Wild Vixen
In the last 100m, jockey Michael Dee came flying aboard the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Rich Hips ($21) who stormed over the top of her rivals down the outside in an outstanding performance by the 20/1 outsider. Rich Hips ran straight past the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Lyre ($3.30) who had to settle for second as the beaten favourite in The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes results with Wild Vixen running a huge race for third.
Race 8 (4:00pm) – Listed $175,000 Furphy Plate (1800m)
- 1st: #15 Purple Sector
- 2nd: #10 Gold Fields
- 3rd: #13 Odeum
John Thompson’s well-backed favourite Purple Sector looked gone entering the straight, but jockey Craig Williams got the best out of the horse who fought back and lifted on the outside to salute for the punters. Gold Fields ran second at big odds, while Odeum held for third having briefly led over the final furlong before getting run down late by the punters’ pick.
Race 7 (3:00pm) – Group 1 $7,750,000 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m)
- 1st: #6 Twilight Payment
- 2nd: #21 Tiger Moth
- 3rd: #12 Prince Of Arran
Ireland’s Joseph O’Brien has secured his second ‘Loving Trophy’ with his eight-year-old stayer Twilight Payment defeating fellow Irish raider Tiger Moth (2nd) and the now three-time placed European Prince Of Arran in an all-international 2020 Melbourne Cup trifecta result.
Race 6 (1:55pm) – $125,000 Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy (1400m)
- 1st: #6 Outrageous
- 2nd: #16 Ocular
- 3rd: #18 The Difference
A sweet ride by Perth’s ‘Wizard of the West’ William Pike – who rides Steel Prince in the Melbourne Cup field next race – saw the Hawkes Racing-trained
Outrageous salute in the sixth on Cup Day. The All Too Hard five-year-old bounced perfectly from the inside gate, got a smooth run near the fence before Pike got out on the straight moving into a three-wide position before hitting the front in final furlong and showing a terrific turn of foot to salute at a nice price.
Race 5 (1:20pm) – Listed $175,000 TAB Trophy (1800m)
- 1st: #2 Ain’tnodeeldun
- 2nd: #1 Confrontational
- 3rd: #8 Grinzinger Lord
Ain’tnodeeldun saluted for the punters with a narrow but brave victory holding off the challenge from Confrontational in a brilliant late effort over the 1800m. Damian Lane rode the Anthony &
Sam Freedman-trained Dundeel colt who looks a huge young stayer to follow into the autumn with the horse, suited to a race like the 2021 Rosehill Guineas, ridden on pace in an honestly-run edition of the TAB Trophy.
Race 4 (12:40pm) – $135,000 The Macca’s Run (2800m)
- 1st: #7 Sin To Win
- 2nd: #5 Naval Warfare
- 3rd: #8 Yonkers
The Lindsay Park stable enjoyed another Cup Day victory with Sir Percy eight-year-old Sin To Win bolting home right down the outside late to celebrate his first victory since 2018 and earn a shot at
the Sandown Cup next race. The dour stayer and genuine two-mile galloper was parked out the back from the wide alley, jockey Luke Currie giving him a perfectly-timed ride when running on right down the outside to take the lead 100m out from the line and charge home to defeat the tiring front-runner Naval Warfare with Yonkers off a luckless run wide throughout getting up for third.
Race 3 (12:00pm) – $135,000 Schweppervescence Plate (1000m)
- 1st: #3 Alleboom
- 2nd: #1 Hard Landing
- 3rd: #2 Mr Moppett
The Richard & Chantelle Jolly-trained favourite Alleboom enjoyed an all-the-way win in the third,
the talented young Spirit Of Boom colt ridden to victory by last year’s Melbourne Cup winning hoop Craig Williams who rides Surprise Baby in the 2020 edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’ later in the day. It was a thrilling two-horse battle to the line with Alleboom and Hard Landing going stride for stride, but the latter just couldn’t quite reign in the top elect running second with Mr Moppett running third.
Race 2 (11:20am) – Listed $175,000 World Horse Racing Desirable Stakes (1400m)
- 1st: #7 No Restriction
- 2nd: #6 Pride Of Jenni
- 3rd: #12 Ripper Rita
Archie Alexander’s progressive filly No Restriction enjoyed a late upset at 40/1 in the second on
Melbourne Cup Day. Ridden to victory by Declan Bates, who rides the Hotham Stakes winner Ashrun in the 2020 Melbourne Cup field later in the day, No Restriction charged down the outside and got the drop on the field late in a flashing final 50m to get up over the top of the brave front runner Pride Of Jenni. Ripper Rita held for third having run on pace throughout.
Race 1 (10:45am) – Group 3 $200,000 Darley Maribyrnong Plate (1000m)
- 1st: #2 Finance Tycoon
- 2nd: #1 Ingratiating
- 3rd: #7 Marine One
Blinkers worked a treat on the Written Tycoon colt Finance Tycoon, a $150,000 purchase, who out to 1000m second-up showed lovely improvement to fight off the odds-on Godolphin-raced favourite Ingratiating to win the first on Melbourne Cup Day.
*All times quoted are local Melbourne time (AEDT) and subject to change
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