A father and son combination from Ireland and Australia’s leviathan owner have claimed a one-two finish in the Melbourne Cup after Rekindling defeated Johannes Vermeer in the Group 1 feature at Flemington on Tuesday.
Rekindling, trained by Joseph O’Brien, ran on strongly in the straight to overhaul Johannes Vermeer, prepared by his father Aiden O’Brien with Max Dynamite in their trail finishing third. The Darren Weir-trained Duke ran fourth.
Rekindling becomes the second Irish horse to win the Melbourne Cup, 24 years after Vintage Crop and gave owner Lloyd Williams his sixth Melbourne Cup success.
He won previously with Just A Dash (1991), What A Nuisance (1985), Efficient (2007), Green Moon (2012) and Almandin (2016).
“This is a dream and a great thrill,” Williams said.
“It’s terribly exciting.”
Rekindling, a four-year-old entire by High Chaparral, was ridden by Sydney jockey, Corey Brown, who had recently returned to Australia after a riding stint overseas. He won the Melbourne Cup for a second time after previously saluting with Shocking.
“I can’t believe it and it is so special,” Brown said.
“You dream to get a ride let alone win it.”
Rekindling returned $17.10 for a win and $5.90 a place on the Western Australian TAB.
Johannes Vermeer, ridden by Ben Melham and Max Dynamite, in the hands of Zac Purton, paid $4.20 and $5.20 respectively for second a third place.
The quinella returned $96.90, exacta $199.10, trifecta $3025.10 and the first 4 returned $44,736.30.
One lucky WA punter collected $124, 267, 50 after spending $1200 on a first four betting option. Another successful punter picked up $37,280 on a mystery first four betting option.
Marmelo, who commenced the TAB favourite ($7.30) ran unplaced.
Rank outsider, Gallante, was the last horse past the post.