The victory was also special for jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who claimed his second Melbourne Cup, having previously ridden Cup winner Brew in 2000. ‘I’m very lucky [and] privileged to have won a second cup and great to do it in the colours for Mr Williams and his family,’ McEvoy said just after the race, which was won in 2015 by his sister-in-law, Michelle Payne.
Trained by Robert Hickmot, Almandin also won the Harry White at Caulfield and the Group 3 Bart Cummings at Flemington and has collected a total of $4,154,958.00 in prize money.
The 2016 Melbourne Cup began as a tight race, with gaps only appearing in the field a third of the way through the course. In the final straight, Almandin and Heartbreak City galloped nose to nose, transforming the battle into a two-horse race with a photo finish that saw Almandin win with a time of 3:20:58.
In second place was Heartbreak City. ‘Fantastic run, but unfortunately, we didn’t win the race. We had a beautiful run through. Turning for home, I thought we were going to win as I went past Hartnell easily, but when I looked on my outside, McEvoy had his horse full of himself as well and went for a battle,’ said jockey Moreira.
HARTNELL rounded out the top three, while Qewy took fourth and Rose of Virginia, who was found to have suffered internal bleeding during the race, came in last, 99.9 lengths behind Almandin. All horses have since been cleared of any serious injury by a vet.
Almandin wasn’t the only winner at Flemington yesterday. Two Kiwi sisters won the coveted Fashions on the Field, wearing outfits designed by their mother. Jewellery designer Olivia Moor and her sister Charlotte stunned judges in burnt orange and pale blue designs.