2013 Melbourne Cup

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Fiorente, the winner of the race, pictured with jockey Damien Oliver prior to the running of the race

The 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup was the 153rd running of the Melbourne Cup, Australia's most prestigious Thoroughbred horse race. The race, held on 5 November 2013, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, was won by Fiorente. The horse, owned by Andrew Roberts, was bred in Ireland, trained in Australia by Gai Waterhouse, and ridden by jockey Damien Oliver.[1] It was Oliver's third victory in the event, after previous wins in 1995 and 2002, and his first start after a ten-month ban for a betting offence.[2][3] Waterhouse, the daughter of Tommy J. Smith, who trained winners in 1955 and 1981, became the first Australian woman to train a winner.[4] The race was attended by 104,169 people—the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) had capped attendance at 110,000 for the Melbourne Cup and the Victoria Derby, but this mark was not reached at either race.[5][6] Approximately A$90.6 million was wagered on the race through Totalisator Agency Boards in Victoria and New South Wales, with another $37.5 million wagered through equivalent agencies in Queensland, South Australia, and Tasmania.[7]

Field[edit]

The field for the 2013 Melbourne Cup consisted of 24 horses,[8] with the barrier draw conducted three days prior to the race, on the day of the running of the Victoria Derby.[9] Pre-race favourite Fiorente won the race by three-quarters of a length over Red Cadeux who finished one-and-a-half lengths ahead of Mount Athos.[2] He was the first favourite to win the race since Makybe Diva in 2005, and the first horse since Empire Rose in 1988 to win the race after placing second the previous year.[10] Tres Blue and Dunaden, the winner of the 2011 race, both received banned medical treatment on the day of the race, but were both allowed to start, although a stewards' enquiry is planned.[11] After the race, the mare Verema was euthanised, having broken her cannon bone midway through the race.[4]

Except where otherwise listed, horses are trained in Australia:
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Horse Trainer Jockey Weight Barrier Placing
1 Dunaden (IRE) Mikel Delzangles (FR) Jamie Spencer 58.5 kg 1 11
2 Green Moon Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 57.5 kg 10 21
3 Red Cadeaux Ed Dunlop (ENG) Gérald Mossé 56.5 kg 23 2
4 Sea Moon Robert Hickmott Steven Arnold 56.5 kg 7 13
5 Brown Panther Tom Dascombe (ENG) Richard Kingscote 55 kg 6 8
6 Fiorente Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 55 kg 5 1
7 Foreteller Chris Waller Craig Newitt 55 kg 15 17
8 Dandino Marco Botti (ENG) Ryan Moore 54.5 kg 4 5
9 Ethiopia Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 54.5 kg 14 7
10 Fawkner Robert Hickmott Nick Hall 54.5 kg 8 6
11 Mourayan Robert Hickmott Brenton Avdulla 54.5 kg 19 15
12 Seville Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 54.5 kg 9 12
13 Super Cool Mark Kavanagh Corey Brown 54.5 kg 13 9
14 Masked Marvel Robert Hickmott Michael Rodd 54 kg 2 18
15 Mount Athos Luca Cumani (ENG) Craig Williams 54 kg 22 3
16 Royal Empire Saeed bin Suroor (ENG) Kerrin McEvoy 54 kg 11 14
17 Voleuse De Coeurs Michael Moroney James McDonald 54 kg 21 10
18 Hawkspur Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 53.5 kg 18 20
19 Simenon Willie Mullins (IRE) Richard Hughes 53.5 kg 12 4
20 Ibicenco Peter Moody Luke Nolen 53 kg 17 16
21 Verema Alain de Royer-Dupré (FRA) Christophe Lemaire 53 kg 3 24 (DNF)
22 Dear Demi Clarry Conners Chris Munce 51 kg 16 19
23 Tres Blue Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 51 kg 20 22
24 Ruscello Ed Walker (ENG) Chad Schofield 50 kg 24 23

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Brodie, Will (5 November 2013). "Gai Waterhouse's Fiorente wins the 2013 Melbourne Cup". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Melbourne Cup: Fiorente beats Red Cadeaux and Mount Athos". BBC Sport. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Caryl Williamson (2013). Damien Oliver wins his third Melbourne Cup – Racing and Sports. Published 5 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Melbourne Cup: Gai Waterhouse's Fiorente wins Cup as Damien Oliver collects third win". ABC. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Track attendances – Melbourne Cup. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  6. ^ VRC cap crowd numbers for Derby Day and Melbourne CupHerald Sun. Published 31 October 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  7. ^ "From a dollar to nearly $120,000 – one lucky punter's Melbourne Cup runneth over"The Daily Telegraph. Published 5 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  8. ^ Franklin, Daniel (3 November 2013). "Melbourne Cup: 2013 field, colours and comment". ABC News. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Melbourne Cup: Final field and barrier draw". TVN. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Ray Thomas (2013). Gai Waterhouse wins Melbourne Cup and then sets course for international glory – Adelaide Now. Published 5 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  11. ^ Dunaden and Tres Blue race-day treatments spark inquiriesSydney Morning Herald. Published 5 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.

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