Europe is the key to 2016 Melbourne Cup win

Reminded that he had not actually won the race Mr Schiel replied'I don't care! We finished second. We would have been happy with last

"We had a lovely run through".

It was another disappointing Cup outing for Godolphin, with pre-race favourite Hartnell settling for third and stable-mate Qewy running fourth, leaving Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed still searching for the prize he covets so much.

He had Almandin for company, as he had for the entirety of the race with McEvoy choosing to track Moreira in midfield and the two never more than a length apart, but with every 100 metres Heartbreak City's head was still narrowly in front. The elation is unreal.

"I'm totally fine", she was heard saying as she got up and walked away, straightening her cream veiled hat.

"It's a dream come true".

Payne replicated McEvoy's gesture from a year ago and was one of the first to mob the 36-year-old when he returned to a celebratory mounting yard featuring Williams and his loyal owners.

Moreira was philosophical in defeat after Heartbreak City turned in such a gallant display. "I think we wouldn't be here without him".

"You can't be disappointed with his run".

Almandin edges Heartbreak City out of first place at the Melbourne Cup making owner Lloyd Williams the most successful ever at the competition

The Robert Hickmott trained Almandin is owned in part by businessman Lloyd Williams who became the most succesful Melbourne Cup winning owner with now five wins to his name. Big Orange and Our Ivanhowe carried top weight of 126 pounds, and finished 10th and 17th. "Probably eight out of ten of them get back, but not very often do they get back to the level they were before", he said. As the leading division bustled to obtain their position, Godolphin's Secret Number (GB) went to the lead, ahead of Excess Knowledge (GB) with Wicklow Brave (GB) and Frankie Dettori who had come across from the outside barrier to take up third.

"It's a great buzz to get the job done".

"I was a little bit anxious [during the questioning], but I knew it wasn't forceful contact made".

Martin is already a planning a return to Melbourne next year with Heartbreak City, who did especially well to finish where he did from a wide draw in stall 23.

"To Lloyd, he's been a great mentor to all of us out at the farm".

"I don't care, I don't care, we would have been happy with last!"

"If we have to lock him up until next year, he's coming back here next year, all being well".

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