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2015 Melbourne Cup: Winners and losers

3rd November, 2015
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The 2015 Melbourne Cup has been won by massive outside Prince of Penzance but 23 other horses missed out and there’s hard luck stories and outright losers in the mix.

Let’s take a closer look at who won, and who lost in the wash-up of the big race.

Winners: The winner! Prince of Penzance and jockey Michelle Payne
What a boilover. Prince of Penzance was given no chance by bookmakers or punters, and in a huge upset emerged from a massive scrum down the inside of the track and won well.

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And Michelle Payne’s win is a fabulous win and a great story in racing – the first female jockey. Few punters who’ve done their dough would be too sad to see her win.

It’s a win for the battlers who take home $3.6 million for winning. Michelle Payne will get 5 per cent, a cool $180,000 for her work. Not bad!

Winner: Criterion
Criterion is a world class horse and to get third at his first ever 3200m start at a big weight just proves that. He’s a phenomenal horse with class above. Wonderful effort.

Winners: Mug punters
Did anyone pick Prince of Penzance for the colours, for the only horse with a female jockey, for the number? Well, you’ve beaten all the experts! Congrats, enjoy your winnings, where each dollar invested got $100 or more back. That’s the beauty of it all.

Losers: Poor Red Cadeaux, injured
Shattering news to hear Red Cadeaux might be injured – off-fore leg has been bandaged – let’s hope he’s brave enough to pull through it. The huge crowd cheered mightily to see him walk off the track but he’s in some danger of lingering injuries and may well be retired – probably the best result for the old favourite. More to come on this. >> Full report on Red Cadeaux


Losers: Punters and form experts
What a blow-out! Favourite Fame Game did nothing down the outside while the inside horses were strong. There was no pace in the race at all and that hurt a number of chances.

The first four paid an incredible $307,000 in Victoria or so, implying not many people got a slice of those riches.

Few form experts gave Prince of Penzance a chance. One said it was “impossible not to get a result” on Fame Game. Well then. There are a huge number of excuses related to pace in the race and the bog track.

Losers: International horses without a run in Australia
Yet again, the international horses got close. Yet again, they couldn’t win.

Max Dynamite was second without a run and was brilliant, but would he have won if he’d had a run before hand? We’ll never know.

But a host of horses without a run filled the final placings, including Sky Hunter, Kingfisher and Bondi Beach, though Big Orange in fifth doesn’t quite finish that story.

Losers: Godolphin stable
Godolphin – yet again can’t get a Cup win. This is the world’s biggest stable, but they can’t crack the big one in Melbourne – again!

More 2015 Melbourne Cup:
>> 2015 Melbourne Cup: Who won, came last
>> Full finishing order
>> Full report on Red Cadeaux
>> Melbourne Cup live blog