Melbourne Cup 2016: Kerrin McEvoy wins on Almandin

Javier Howell
November 6, 2016

Australia's greatest race, the Melbourne Cup, has been won by Almandin in one of the most exciting finishes ever seen in the pinnacle Flemigton event.

It gave local businessman Lloyd Williams a record fifth Melbourne Cup as an owner and jockey Kerrin McEvoy his second trumph after his win on Brew in 2000.

Last year, jockey Michelle Payne made history as the first woman to win the race on 100-1 outsider Prince of Penzance.

The effort gave owner Lloyd Williams his fifth Melbourne Cup win in the A$6.2 million (S$6.6 million) worldwide race over 3,200m.

The other Irish challengers failed to make an impact on the race, with Aidan O'Brien's Bondi Beach coming home in 13th while St Leger victor Wicklow Brave Brave expended a lot of early energy by getting across from stall 24 and beat just two horses home for Willie Mullins.

"In line with declining viewership for the Melbourne Cup, horse race betting has also fallen over the past ten years".

For trainer Robert Hickmott it was a second victory in five years after saddling Green Moon to win in 2012.

"We've got a very fearless horse", Williams said.

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"Overall, to finish third and fourth is tremendous, and Charlie bringing a team over for the first time has been huge for us". Just a dream race.

The rider said: "He tried 120% and I'm very proud of the horse".

"I was always a great supporter of (his sire) Zabeel but people import the stayers now because they want up and going horses".

Almandin beat Heartbreak City and Hartnell, paying $11.80/$4.40.

Kerrin couldn't wipe the smile off his face after the race, noting how much work had gone into getting the win after all this time.

Shiels showed off his eccentric mannerisms when appearing at Monday's Melbourne Cup parade in which he hugged and kissed fans.

McEvoy, 36, said of Almandin: "He's had his troubles on his way, but he's been well handled by Lloyd". The homebred by Authorized (IRE) was one of three Goldolphin had entered, which included fourth-placed Qewy and Oceanographer, who came in 12th.

Jake McEvoy, the six-year-old son of Cathy and Kerrin McEvoy, asked his mother the other day if it was likely that any other fathers in his school class would be riding in the Melbourne Cup.