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Green Moon wins the 2012 Melbourne Cup
Green Moon wins the 2012 Melbourne Cup

Green Moon with jockey Brett Prebble aboard wins the 2012 Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecouse, Australia's biggest race of the year.

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November 6, 2012

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.

US pay-offs for the 2012 Melbourne Cup
Results chart with Australian pay-offs from TAB Racing Victoria
Results chart with running comments from Sporting Life

Video replay from YouTube.com

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