Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Australian Stayer Shocking Wins the Melbourne Cup

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Australian stayer Shocking denied international contenders Crime Scene and Mourilyan to win the 5.5 million dollar (five million US) Melbourne Cup run over 3200 metres (two miles) at Flemington so check out more Melbourne Cup Horse Racing Betting Picks or Online Horse Racing Betting.

The Irish-bred four-year-old Shocking (9/1) raced three wide for most of the two-miler but finished too strong for Godolphin's Crime Scene (40/1).

Shocking had three-quarters of a length to spare over Crime Scene with the South African-trained Mourilyan (20/1) another one-and-a-half lengths away third.

It was a triumph for Australian jockey Corey Brown, who was beaten by a nose on English galloper Bauer in last year's Melbourne Cup.

It was another Melbourne Cup heartbreak for the global Godolphin stable with its third second-place finish in Australia's iconic horse race.

Crime Scene, Godolphin's only starter after deciding not to enter Kirklees, now joins Central Park (1999) and Give The Slip (2001) as the stable's runners-up in the Melbourne Cup.

Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Crime Scene looked set to draw away inside the final 200m (furlong) but could not go with Shocking in the last bit and was well beaten at the post.

Mourilyan, trained by South African Herman Brown and ridden by Glyn Schofield, finished strongly out of the pack to grab the minor placing for his owner, Chechan president Ramzan Kadyrov.

Only three internationally-trained horses have captured the Melbourne Cup -- Vintage Crop (1993), Media Puzzle (2002) and Delta Blues (2006).

Australian galloper Alcopop started 15/4 favourite and finished sixth, just ahead of last year's winner and topweight Viewed (11/2).

Viewed was the best finisher of Bart Cummings's three starters as the legendary Australian trainer chased a record 13th Melbourne Cup victory in 44 years.

Roman Emperor (10/1) was up with the lead to the home turn, but faded to finish 21st of the 23 starters, while Cummings's other runner, Allez Wonder (25/1), came in 16th.

Munsef, prepared by English trainer Ian Williams and sent out at 50/1, finished a well beaten 12th.

Newmarket trainer Luca Cumani, who finished second with Bauer and Purple Moon in the last two Melbourne Cups, was never a show with his 25/1 chance Basaltico, who finished 18th.

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