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 2014 Melbourne Cup (154th Running)

Winner: 6. FIORENTE (IRE)
Second: 3. RED CADEAUX (GB)
Third: 15. MOUNT ATHOS (IRE)
Last: 24. RUSCELLO (IRE)

 Melbourne Cup News Stories

The Offer continues march towards Cups:  The Offer will take the next step on the road to the spring majors when he steps out in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield. (18 September 2014)

Voleuse De Coeurs Out Of Spring:  Mike Moroney-trained Cups hopeful Voleuse De Coeurs has been ruled out of the spring due to an infection. (18 September 2014)

Terrubi Doubtful For Cups:  David Payne has confirmed to Stewards his doubt regarding French import Terrubi taking his place in both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. (17 September 2014)

Admire Rakti heads Melbourne Cup weights:  Japanese galloper Admire Rakti has been given topweight of 58kg for the Melbourne Cup with early favourite The Offer weighted on 56.5kg. (16 September 2014)

Weights Released For 2014 Melbourne Cup :  Racing Victoria's Greg Carpenter, has today released the weights for the 2014 Melbourne Cup with Japan’s Admire Rakti the 58kg topweight. (16 September 2014)

Admire Rakti 2014 Melbourne Cup Topweight:  Japanese galloper Admire Rakti has been confirmed as the 58kg topweight for the Melbourne Cup with weights released on Tuesday. (16 September 2014)

Greatwood Sent To The Paddock:  Metropolitan hopeful Greatwood has been sent to the paddock after his poor showing last Saturday at Rosehill. (16 September 2014)

2014 Melbourne Cup Ruled Out For Estimate:  The Queen’s 2013 Royal Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate will not travel to Australia for the Melbourne Cup in November. (16 September 2014)

Injury Halts St Jean's Spring Campaign:  Impressive import St Jean has been ruled out of all spring engagements with a tendon injury. (15 September 2014)

Hallowed Crown On Coolmore Path:  Golden Rose victor Hallowed Crown will not contest the 2014 Caulfield Guineas and will instead drop back in trip for the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. (15 September 2014)

Brown Panther wins Irish St Leger:  Brown Panther, eighth in the 2013 Melbourne Cup, has won the Irish St Leger but will not return to Australia. (15 September 2014)

Brown Panther Pounces In Irish St Leger:  Last year’s spring carnival raider Brown Panther careered to his first Group One win in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh on Sunday, leaving three Melbourne Cup hopefuls in his wake. (15 September 2014)

Determined Dissident wins third Group One:  Dissident has added a third Group One to his tally with a determined victory over the resuming Fawkner in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington. (13 September 2014)

Commanding Jewel wins Let's Elope Stakes:  Commanding Jewel has become the first mare to win the Let's Elope Stakes twice with a determined win over Dear Demi at Flemington. (13 September 2014)

Afleet Esprit Claims Narrow Win in D'Antibes:  Afleet Esprit has come from well back in the field to take out the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) at Flemington today. (13 September 2014)

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Track Rating: Dead 4
Rail: True
Penotrometer: Inside 4.86; Outside 4.88
Irrigation: Nil Last 24hrs; 18mm Last 7 days
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 Melbourne Cup - the History
The Victoria Racing Club runs the most important sporting and cultural festival in this country every year. Central to that carnival is the Melbourne Cup on the First Tuesday in November. Put simply it is the most watched 200 odd seconds in television each year in Australia.

Over two miles (or now 3200m) the Cup takes a long, slow preparation, countless unfriendly hours and such hard work to deliver the greatest sporting prize we have. Its value is now that highly regarded, the greatest trainers around the world target the race with the Irish mastermind Dermot Weld plotting two successful raids with Vintage Crop and Media Puzzle and then the French went back to back.

It was first run in 1861 when Archer strode from Nowra by foot to Flemington and took the glory. He would double up 12 months later providing Etienne de Mestre with wins that would ultimately total five - a record he would hold until 1977. That win was worth 710 pounds. Compare that to the race now which is one of the richest in the world and has total stakes of $6.2m and prize money paid down to 10th position.

2010 was the 150th running in history, but it should be noted that the race has revolved around three central characters - Phar Lap, Bart Cummings and Makybe Diva.

The Phar Lap story in 1930 was that good it became a classic Australian movie depicting the feats of a legend of the turf through the troubled Great Depression.

The second pillar of the Melbourne Cup has been 'Bart'. No matter how many men and women have and will try over history, I guarantee no one will better James Bartholomew Cummings' 12 Melbourne Cups. Who's to say he won't make it a baker's dozen.

Finally to Makybe Diva and her three wins. When Lee Freedman said "Go and find the youngest child on this course today because they will be the only possible person who might witness a horse winning three Melbourne Cups” he wasn't wrong.

Will we see another hero emerge in a tight finish like 2011 when barely a whisker separated Dunaden and Red Cadeaux?

Who will get to handle the famous Loving Cup - the three handled trophy so precious in this land?
 Melbourne Cup - the Champions
In toto, while the Melbourne Cup's list of winners isn't as great by comparison to the Cox Plate, simple history tells you it has become the race most want to win.

However when you consider Carbine, Phar Lap, Peter Pan, Rising Fast, Galilee, Let's Elope, Doriemus, Saintly, Might and Power and Makybe Diva adorn the winners, it 'ain't that bad'.

Bart's 12 will never be beaten but Lee Freedman had five in the space of 16 years showing you can get on a roll with skill and luck by your side.

Bobbie Lewis and Harry White hold the jockey's record with four wins as Glen Boss closed in with his three on the mighty mare in '03/'04/'05.

Question is in 2014 who wants to put their names beside those who were champions but became legends in the 154th running?
 
 

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