This year’s Melbourne Cup was run in front of a capacity crowd for the first time in three years and the action didn’t disappoint. In what was a thrilling renewal here is a quick summary of what happened.
Melbourne Cup, Handicap, 1 mile seven furlongs, open to horses aged three and over. Total prize pool: $8 million
- Gold Trip +2000
- Emissary +2500
- High Emocean +4000
Melbourne Cup Recap
Gold Trip landed the first Melbourne Cup for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.
An import from Europe, Gold Trip arrived at the race as arguably the most classiest horse in the contest following his fourth-place finish in last year’s Arc de Triomphe.
Yet to land a race since moving to Australia, Gold Trip quickly set the record right with a dominant display in this year’s contest.
Always content to be up with the pace, Gold Trip looked to be full of running as the field rounded the home turn. Showing an efficient change of gear, he effortlessly moved away from the pack and quickly made the race his own.
Showing no signs of stopping, jockey Mark Zahra’s aggressive, early move caught all of his rivals on the hop and he wouldn’t be for catching.
Emissary tried his best to reduce the gap but didn’t quite have the speed to overcome his rival.
High Emocean almost completed a fairytale of a run. Rounding for a home in last place, he put on the afterburners and finished in an impressive third place. Connections would have wished for another 100 meters as the race would have been his.
It was a disappointing race for heavy favorite Deauville Legend with the James Ferguson-trained horse only able to finish 4th.
2022 Melbourne Cup
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