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he Melbourne Cup Carnival is the
epitome of horse racing in Australia.
For decades the stunning spectacular
of thoroughbred racing, fashion and fun
has captured the attention of the world and one
of the famous four days actually stops a nation.
Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, oft referred to
as the first Tuesday in November, is like no other.
The globe’s richest staying contest, worth a cool
$6 million, is THE race every owner, trainer and
jockey aspires to win and every punter wants to
back the winner of.
Winning the Cup, or winning on it, is a
national obsession and nowadays the gold
Loving Cup trophy even has its own travelling
roadshow with people all over the country
clambering for the chance to hold it or have
their picture taken with it.
Last year an important chapter was added
to the Emirates Melbourne Cup’s rich history
when racing’s First Lady Gai Waterhouse held
the famous trophy aloft for the first time in her
This defining moment was a long time in the
planning and, like many Australian trainers now
do, she scoured the world to find Fiorente.
In 2012 she finished second in the race with
the son of Monsun (IRE) and in her typically
positive style she vowed to return to Flemington
and go one better in 2013.
And she achieved that goal with Damien
Oliver steering the magnificent looking stallion
to a nar row victory over UK warhorse Red
FEAST OF RACING
Fiorente is now retired and stands at Eliza
Park Stud in Victoria. Red Cadeaux, however,
is racing on. Now a nine-year-old, the chestnut
gelding is being aimed for an incredible fourth
tilt at the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
After two second placings, both by the barest
of margins, his trainer Ed Dunlop is determined
to return once more to try to finally win the
Emirates Melbourne Cup.
“Well, I’m coming from a situation of being
beaten in two close finishes. And I think he is
a horse that has amazing resilience and enjoys
being on the road travelling the world. Let’s
hope he is still in that frame of mind this year,”
Red Cadeaux’s extraordinary journey will
be just one of the many wonderful stories told
during Australia’s best week of racing.
While the Emirates Melbourne Cup might be
considered the pinnacle, there are seven other
Gr1 contests staged during the four days at
Without doubt the opening day of the
Carnival offers the best programme on the
national calendar. For racing purists AAMI
Victoria Derby day is a feast of high class
racing with four Gr1s including the Longines
Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), the Myer Classic
(1600m) and the Coolmore Stud Stakes
(1200m) down the famed Straight Six.
Less than 48 hours after the Emirates
Melbourne Cup is run on day two, Crown Oaks
day turns the focus to fillies – both equine and
human. Amidst a sea of colourful fashion the
best three-year-old fillies in the land vie for a
share of $1 million prizemoney. The Crown
Oaks honour roll boasts some revered names
including Light Fingers and Surround.
The final day at Flemington plays host to
two $1 million Gr1 races – the Emirates Stakes
(1600m) and the Darley Classic (1200m).
This year’s Darley Classic is expected to attract
international sprint sensation Slade Power. The
Ed Lynam-trained rising six-year-old starred
during another major racing week, Royal Ascot,
earlier this year when he won the Gr1 Diamond
Jubilee Stakes (1200m). He backed up what was
a dominant win with a remarkable performance
in the Gr1 Darley July Cup (1200m). The
odds were stacked against him on that day at
Newmarket as he was drawn in the outside
barrier (13) and had to lug 60kg.
The Irish galloper’s Australian assignment
will be challenging too as it’s likely he will have
to take on the world’s (current) highest rated
sprinter, Lankan Rupee. Their possible clash
will make the Darley Classic one of the most
anticipated races of the entire Spring Carnival.
“Obviously he has proved he is the champion
European sprinter and now let us let him have a
chance to be the champion world sprinter,” Ed
His regular rider Wayne Lordan said, “It will
take a very good horse to chin him down there,
although they have a different way of racing.”
The planned appearance of Slade Power
further internationalises the Melbourne Cup
Carnival and it would be a most fitting end
to his career if he wins the race sponsored by
Darley. The race has been officially earmarked
as the final race of his career before he joins
Darley’s illustrious Kildangan roster.
It could just be a fairy tale ending not only
to Slade Power’s racing career but also the 2014
Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Red Cadeaux is due
back for another
“Winning the Cup, or winning on it,
is a national obsession...”
James Ross – VRC Racing Development & Strategy Manager
(+61 3) 8378 0808 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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12 noon Tuesday 7 October
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All fee amounts are inclusive of GST.
First $3,600,000 and trophies
valued at $175,000, $10,000,
$10,000, $2,500 & $2,500 to
owner, trainer, rider, strapper
(Tommy Woodcock Trophy)
and breeder respectively
Handicap of $6,000,000 & $200,000 trophies.
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Emirates Melbourne Cup
(Group 1) – 3200 Metres (154th of Series)
TUESDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2014
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