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Melbourne Cup 2020: Live race updates, results and blog

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3rd November, 2020
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Race result

Twilight Payment has won the 2020 Melbourne Cup. In a rare, rare occurrence, the Joseph O’Brien-trained galloper led for pretty much the entire race, building up a big lead before holding out the rest of the field down the straight to take home the Cup.

One of the pre-race favourites, Tiger Moth, surged late but couldn’t quite bridge the gap and finished second, while Prince Of Arran ran third.

Unfortauntely there was a sour note to the race, with Anthony Van Dyck, another one of the favourites, loaded into an ambulance on track after pulling up.

Melbourne Cup race result

1st: Twilight Payment
2nd: Tiger Moth
3rd: Prince Of Arran

Race preview

The Melbourne Cup will today be run and won without fans at Flemington Racecourse. Join The Roar for live race updates and commentary of the race that stops a nation from 3pm (AEDT).

Unlike many sports, racing has soldiered on throughout 2020 and the pandemic, but this year’s running of the Melbourne Cup will still be an unusual one: despite the much-improved infection rates currently being registered in Victoria, fans will not be in attendance to witness Australia’s most famous equine event.

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A total of 24 runners will navigate the most famous 3200 metres in the land and with continued warm and sunny weather, the track looks likely to be a Good 4; destined to favour horses that enjoy a firm surface and others blessed with a brisk turn of foot.

Last year’s winner, Vow and Declare, looks in nowhere near the same form, there are serious questions around Anthony Van Dyck considering the weight he will carry and his unproven record at the distance, and Avilius’s Caufield Cup run was somewhat unconvincing.

Master of Reality appears a length or two off the best of the Melbourne Cup field, Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet will dislike the firm going, and Twilight Payment does look in better form this time around.

Elsewhere, Verry Elleegant may also prefer softer ground, Mustajeer will be looking for a vast improvement on last year’s run, Stratum Albion may well lack the aforementioned turn of foot, and the popular local-trained galloper, Finche, gets in with a light weight and a real chance to feature in the Melbourne Cup finish.

Eight-year-old Prince of Arran looks likely to make up the numbers along with Surprise Baby, Steel Prince, The Chosen One, Warning. Unfortunately King of Leogrance, trained by Danny O’Brien, was a race-day scratching with a lame off foreleg.

Some value can be found in Persan, Tiger Moth and Etah James, yet Ashrun appears to be one of the tipsters’ favourites, although has sadly been hampered by drawing barrier 24. Along with Cox Plate favourite Russian Camelot, they appear likely to be in the vicinity when the runners reach the famous Flemington clock tower.

Prediction
The Melbourne Cup rarely disappoints and this edition will no doubt prove as exciting as any other, despite the silence that will emanate from the stands.

1st: 18. Ashrun
2nd: 11. Finche
3rd: 15. Russian Camelot

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Catch all the Cup action with our live race updates, highlights and commentary right here on The Roar from 3pm (AEDT).

Melbourne Cup race information

Start time: 3pm (AEDT)
Venue: Flemington Racecourse
TV: Ten Network
Live stream: 10Play, Kayo Sports

Melbourne Cup field

1. Anthony Van Dyck (IRE)
2. Avilius (GBR)
3. Vow And Declare
4. Master of Reality (IRE)
5. Sir Dragonet (IRE)
6. Twilight Payment (IRE)
7. Verry Elleegant (NZ)
8. Mustajeer (GBR)
9. Stratum Albion (GBR)
10. Dashing Willoughby (GBR)
11. Finche (GBR)
12. Prince of Arran (GBR)
13. Surprise Baby (NZ)
14. King of Leogrance (FRA)
15. Russian Camelot (IRE)
16. Streel Prince (IRE)
17. The Chosen One (NZ)
18. Ashrun (FRA)
19. Warning
20. Etah James (NZ)
21. Tiger Moth (IRE)
22. Oceanex (NZ)
23. Miami Bound (NZ)
24. Persan

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