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 153rd renewal this year. A full field of 24 went to post on Tuesday afternoon at Flemington Racecourse, with Fiorente sent off as the 6-1 favorite off his third place finish in the W.S. Cox Plate (G1) at Moonee Valley. In to challenge him included 9-1 second choice Dandino, runner-up in the Caulfield Cup (G1), the major local prep, and 10-1 third choice Sea Moon, winner of the Herbert Power Stakes (G2) at Caulfield.
19-1 Brown Panther was sent to the lead by jockey Richard Kingscote and he battled on the front end with 20-1 Dear Demi, 25-1 Tres Blue, and 50-1 Ruscello. At the 3/8 pole, 63-1 longest shot Mourayan gained the lead but he would tire and drop back at the 1/4 pole. 38-1 Red Cadeaux, in midpack early under jockey Gerald Mosse, moved up to lead in mid-stretch but Fiorente and jockey Damien Oliver, who also raced midpack early, rallied to the front at the 1/8 pole to win by 3/4 length in 3:20.30 over the good turf course. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to 11-1 fourth choice Mount Athos third.