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Fiorente wins the 2013 Melbourne Cup
Fiorente wins the 2013 Melbourne Cup

Fiorente (outside) wins the 2013 Melbourne Cup, Australia's biggest race of the year, over Red Cadeaux at Flemington Racecouse.

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November 5, 2013

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.

US pay-offs for the 2013 Melbourne Cup
Results chart with Australian pay-offs from TAB Racing Victoria
Results chart with running comments from Sporting Life

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