It is back to headquarters this week for a big ten-race card.
Twilight Payment has won the 2020 Melbourne Cup.
It was a superb run from jockey Jye McNeil, racing in his very first Cup appearance, who set the pace from start to finish, putting Twighlight Payment in the lead early and not letting up.
The Irish gelding was in the lead the first time the field passed the post, and with 1200 metres to run was a little over a length ahead of Finche, who in turn was four or five ahead of the rest of what was a very spread-out field.
With 300 metres to go, Twilight Payment was all on his own some three lengths ahead of second, and while the pack closed up down the straight and narrowed the gap over the last few hundred metres, the buffer was too much to overcome and Twilight Payment passed the post first.
The victory gave trainer Joseph O’Brien his second Melbourne Cup victory, after becoming the youngest trainer to win Australia’s most famous race in 2017, and owner Lloyd Williams his seventh success.
Tiger Moth finished strongly to come home in second with Prince Of Arran running third, making it three consecutive years of a place finish in the Cup. The Chosen One came in fourth, while Avilius was the last horse past the post. Persan was the best of the Australian runners, finishing fifth.
However there was a bitter note to the race. Topweight Anthony Van Dyck, one of the pre-race favourites, pulled up at the turn and failed to finish. The horse broke down at the final turn and was loaded onto an ambulance on the track. After being diagnosed with a fractured fetlock, the Irish galloper was euthanised.
It is the seventh time since 2013 that a horse has pulled up with injury during the Melbourne Cup. Rostropovich failed to finish last year but was able to recover, but The Cliffsofmoher was euthanised following the 2018 race.
1st: 6. Twilight Payment
2nd: 21. Tiger Moth
3rd: 12. Prince Of Arran