Verry Elleegant wins Melbourne Cup

Verry Elleegant wins Melbourne Cup

Jockey James McDonald riding Verry Elleegant wins the Melbourne Cup at the Flemington racecourse in Melbourne on Tuesday. (Photo: AFP)
Jockey James McDonald riding Verry Elleegant wins the Melbourne Cup at the Flemington racecourse in Melbourne on Tuesday. (Photo: AFP)

MELBOURNE: Verry Elleegant won the prestigious A$8 million ($6 million) Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, storming home in the final straight to win by three-and-a-half lengths.

Pre-race favourite Incentivise ran second ahead of third-placed Spanish Mission in Australia's "race that stops the nation".

The Chris Waller-trained mare was rated 14/1 by bookmakers.

Australian stayer Incentivise was a 3/1 favourite to claim the gruelling two-mile handicap, having won its last nine starts and after blitzing the field in last month's 2,400m Caulfield Cup, a traditional form guide for the Cup. The Peter Moody-trained gelding held the lead as it rounded the final turn but Verry Elleegant burst into the front with 300m to the post and burned away from the field.

British stayer Spanish Mission was rated second favourite at 9/1. Only two horses prepared outside Australia and New Zealand were among the 23 that ran at Flemington, where a Covid-capped crowd of 10,000 gathered on a hot, sunny day, a year after Twilight Payment won the race at a closed track.

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