The 2016 Melbourne Cup was won by Almandin when it was run on Tuesday, November 1.
In a quickly-run race, Almandin edged out Heartbreak City by a nose in a time of 3 minutes, 20.58 seconds, after the two had broken away from the rest of the field as they headed down the Flemington straight. Pre-race favourite Hartnell was third, followed by Qewy in fourth.
Rose of Virginia was the final horse to pass the post, finishing a massive 99.9 lengths behind Almandin.
The win gave Almandin’s camp $3.6 million of the $6.2 million total purse, as well as giving them the opportunity to get their hands on the famous cup. It also made Lloyd Williams the first owner to win the Melbourne Cup five times.
Almandin followed in the footsteps of Just a Dash (1981), What A Nuisance (85), Efficient (2007) and Green Moon (12) in becoming Williams’ fifth horse to win Australia’s biggest race.
The victory was also the second Cup success for jockey Kerrin McAvoy. McAvoy rode Brew to victory in 2000.
2016 Melbourne Cup final finishing order
|1||Almandin||17||Kerrin McEvoy||7||Robert Hickmott||52kg||$10.00||03:20:58|
|2||Heartbreak City||23||Joao Moreira||7||Tony Martin||54kg||$19.00||0.2L|
|3||Hartnell||12||James McDonald||6||John O’Shea||56kg||$5.50||4.45L|
|4||Qewy||15||Craig Williams||7||Charlie Appleby||51.5kg||$29.00||6.7L|
|5||Who Shot Thebarman||20||Hugh Bowman||8||Chris Waller||56kg||$34.00||6.8L|
|6||Almoonqith||19||Michael Walker||7||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||54.5kg||$34.00||6.9L|
|7||Beautiful Romance||1||Damian Lane||5||Saeed Bin Suroor||52.5kg||$67.00||7.9L|
|8||Exospheric||13||Damien Oliver||5||Lee & Anthony Freedman||56kg||$21.00||8.65L|
|9||Pentathlon||4||Mark Du Plessis||5||John Wheeler||51.5kg||$126.00||9.4L|
|10||Big Orange||7||Jamie Spencer||6||Michael Bell||57kg||$13.00||9.5L|
|11||Grand Marshal||9||Ben Melham||7||Chris Waller||54.5kg||$31.00||9.8L|
|12||Oceanographer||11||Chad Schofield||5||Charlie Appleby||52kg||$9.00||10L|
|13||Bondi Beach||5||Ryan Moore||5||Aidan O’Brien||56kg||$10.00||10.75L|
|14||Grey Lion||16||Glen Boss||5||Matt Cumani||52kg||$61.00||13.75L|
|15||Jameka||3||Nicholas Hall||4||Ciaron Maher||54.5kg||$8.00||13.95L|
|16||Excess Knowledge||21||Vlad Duric||7||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||53.5kg||$67.00||15.7L|
|17||Our Ivanhowe||6||Dwayne Dunn||7||Lee & Anthony Freedman||57kg||$41.00||15.8L|
|18||Sir John Hawkwood||14||Blake Spriggs||8||John P Thompson||54kg||$67.00||20.8L|
|19||Assign||22||Katelyn Mallyon||6||Robert Hickmott||52kg||$71.00||20.9L|
|20||Gallante||2||Blake Shinn||6||Robert Hickmott||54.5kg||$51.00||22.15L|
|21||Secret Number||10||Stephen Baster||7||Saeed Bin Suroor||52kg||$31.00||22.35L|
|22||Wicklow Brave||24||Frankie Dettori||8||William Mullins||56kg||$16.00||24.35L|
|23||Curren Mirotic||18||Tommy Berry||9||Osamu Hirata||56.5kg||$51.00||27.35L|
|24||Rose Of Virginia||8||Ben E Thompson||7||Lee & Shannon Hope||51.5kg||$101.00||99.9L|
Odds were correct as of 1:45pm (AEDT), November 1
The Group 1 Melbourne Cup is run over 3200m and is the world’s richest turf race with a total prize pool of $6.2 million, attracting quality staying horses from around the globe every year.
Only the Dubai Cup ($10 million USD) and the Japan Cup ($6.8 million) offer more prizemoney than the Melbourne Cup.
The 2016 edition was the 156th running of Australia’s most famous and popular thoroughbred race, held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on the first Tuesday of November.
What, Where and When
Date: Tuesday, November 1
Time: 3pm local (AEDT)
Distance: 3200 metres
Venue: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Prizemoney: $6.2 million
Race Type: Handicap
Q: What time does the Melbourne Cup start?
A: The 2016 Melbourne Cup is run at 3.00pm AEDT (Melbourne time)**.
**The race will be run at 3pm AEDT, provided there are no delays in the lead-up to the event, which may occur with horses needing a farrier for horseshoe issues, delays in lead-up races, and other unforeseen events. However, most races will run at 3pm or within a few minutes. One thing is definite: it will not start before 3pm AEDT!
Whatever the issue, The Roar will have all the live race updates as they develop over on the live blog
Other times: Queensland: 2pm AEST, South Australia: 2:30pm ACDT, Western Australia: 12pm AWST
Q: What channel is the Cup on?
A: Channel Seven have the rights to the live race, at 3pm**, provided there are no delays in the lead-up to the event.
Whilst 7TWO, 7Mate have been used previously, the main Channel Seven station will be broadcasting. Long time Melbourne horse racing caller Greg Miles will again call the race. Sky Racing will show an immediate replay in TABs and pubs and clubs.
Jockey Michelle Payne rode Prince Of Penzance across the finish line to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015 and become the first female to do so.
2015 Race Result:
1. Prince of Penzance
2. Max Dynamite
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