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2010 Melbourne Cup

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Americain wins the 2010 Melbourne Cup
Americain wins the 2010 Melbourne Cup over Maluckyday at Flemington Racecouse.

Gerald Mosse throws kisses to the crowd as Americain wins the 2010 Melbourne Cup, Australia's biggest race of the year, over Maluckyday at Flemington Racecouse.

© Scott Barbour/Getty Images
November 2, 2010

The $6 million (Australian) Emirates Melbourne Cup (G1), contested at 3200 meters (2 miles) under handicap weights, is known as the race that stops a nation, and celebrated its 150th renewal this year. Originally a full field of 24 was drawn but with Bauer scratched, 23 loaded into the gate on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington Racecourse before 110,223 rain-soaked fans. As expected, So You Think was sent off as the 5-2 favorite over 5-1 Maluckyday and 7-1 Descarado.

14-1 Once Were Wild was loose on the lead early, taking over from Descarado first time past the stands, and he was stalked by Descarado and 20-1 Mr. Medici down the backstretch. Entering the stretch, Harris Tweed came on to take the lead as the field bunched up and fanned out for the long run-in. Favorite So You Think came through to take the lead at the 3/16 pole but tired in the final furlong, as late-closing Americain on the far outside passed the leaders at the 1/16 pole to win going away by 2 3/4 lengths over Maluckyday in 3.26.87 over the course rated slow. So You Think was 1/2 a length back in third.

US pay-offs for the 2010 Melbourne Cup
Results chart with Australian pay-offs from TAB Racing Victoria
Results chart with running comments from Sporting Life

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