The $6 million (Australian) Emirates Melbourne Cup (G1), contested at 3200 meters (2 miles) at Flemington under handicap weights, is known as the race that stops a nation, and celebrated its 152nd renewal this year. Defending champion Dunaden was sent off as the 6-1 favorite in the full field of 24, off his win in the Caulfield Cup. In to challenge him included 13-2 second choice Americain, winner of the race 2 years ago, but fourth in the Caulfield behind Dunaden, and 17-2 third choice Red Cadeaux, off consecutive thirds in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot and the Goldsmith's at Newmarket.
Jockey Tommy Berry sent 40-1 Glencadam Gold to the lead and he set a moderate pace while stalked by 19-1 Lights of Heaven and 18-1 Kelinni. Glencadam Gold held the lead to the 1/4 pole before tiring, as 19-1 Green Moon, who stalked the pace and saved ground, moved out for room to take the lead at the 1/8 pole. 30-1 Fiorente, slow away and midpack early, put in a strong rally late but Green Moon held him off by a length to get the win in 3:20.45 over the good turf course. It was another 1 1/4 length back to 80-1 Jakkalberry third, while favorite Dunaden was 14th and Americain was 11th, in their bids to repeat as winners.
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