The $5.65 million (Australian) Emirates Melbourne Cup (G1), contested at 3200 meters (2 miles) under handicap weights, is known as the race that stops a nation. Originally a full field of 24 was drawn but with Changingoftheguard scratched, 23 loaded into the gate on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington Racecourse. As expected, defending champion Viewed was sent off as the 4-1 favorite exiting a third place finish in the Mackinnon Stakes run on Saturday. In to challenge him included 9-2 second choice Alcopop and 6-1 third choice Roman Emperor.
31-1 Warringah and 56-1 Fiumicino battled for the lead first time past the stands, with 51-1 Zavite and 128-1 longest shot Gallions Reach stalking them third and fourth respectively. Roman Emperor moved up to challenge for the long backstretch run as the field kept a slow pace of about 30 miles an hour most of the way. On the far turn the pace quickened as Warringah led the procession into the stretch. The field bunched up and fanned out 8 wide with 3/8 remaining. 38-1 Crime Scene broke free from the pack but was chased by 9-1 Shocking setting up a duel to the line. The pair battled from the 1/8 to the 1/16 pole, when Shocking dug in and pulled away from Crime Scene to get the win by 3/4 length. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Mourilyan third.