How much? Kiwi punter wins $168k on Melbourne Cup

Eager punters put the TAB website under strain on Tuesday, betting over $10 million dollars on the Melbourne Cup.

The Appleby-trained Oceanographer came home in 12th place, but he was found to have been lame after the race, according to the Racing Victoria stewards.

Having won the G3 Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington last time out, Almandin (Ger) (g, 7, Monsun - Anatloa , by Tiger Hill ) went into the A$6m G1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday of November as one of four runners for owner Lloyd Williams. "It's very exciting", Payne said.

"I'm so happy for all the owners, my family and all the crew that work for us back home", said Martin after the race. "Particularly when you are on the right side of them we always like to see good finishes at sporting events".

While McEvoy was elated at Payne's success on Prince Of Penzance past year - which smashed one of sport's last remaining glass ceilings - he knew he wouldn't be content with finishing his career with just one Melbourne Cup.

The worldwide thoroughbred powerhouse of Godolphin vow to be back in 2017 to try again to win their first Melbourne Cup.

"This poor baby would have had quite a jiggle along watching that race". "I actually thought about flying down [on Tuesday] morning, but that would have been foolish - especially if something went wrong".

"We've watched the race five times already".

The win made Williams the most successful owner in Melbourne Cup history following his previous successes with Just a Dash (1981), What a Nuisance (1985), Efficient (2007) and Green Moon (2012).

It was a second Melbourne Cup triumph for local trainer Robert Hickmott, who rehabilitated Almandin over 18 months off the track following a tendon injury after acquiring it in Germany.

Jake McEvoy, the six-year-old son of Cathy and Kerrin McEvoy, asked his mother the other day if it was likely that any other fathers in his school class would be riding in the Melbourne Cup.

"There's never enough (wins)", he said. Don't worry, we'll pay for it later [now]. "Outstanding ride", Williams said.

Heartbreak City's jockey was Brazilian-born Joao Moreira who started in an unfavourably wide stall (23) and commented post-race: "In the last 50 metres my horse got a little bit weak".

"He'll have a light autumn, he'll have two or three runs in the autumn and then we'll get him ready in the next spring". "It's just a team effort".



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