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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

Auckland Cup Winner Ready To Resume:  Auckland Cup winner Who Shot Thebarman is set to resume for new trainer Chris Waller on Saturday. (14 August 2014)

Happier Let's Make Adeal starts Cup bid:  Let's Make Adeal struggled in Sydney but trainer Nigel Blackiston says she is ready to start her Melbourne Cup campaign with a solid first-up showing. (13 August 2014)

Puissance De Lune returns at Caulfield:  Puissance De Lune resumes in the PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield for his first start since last spring and has the Makybe Diva Stakes as his main target. (11 August 2014)

Melbourne Cup Trophy Lands In Sydney:  The Emirates Melbourne Cup literally stopped Sydney traffic on Monday, making a dramatic red carpet entrance on horseback into Martin Place. (11 August 2014)

Beshara Happy To Be On The Spring Trail Again:  Group One star Happy Trails is on his way to Melbourne after his first-up effort in Adelaide on Saturday satisfied his trainer Paul Beshara. (11 August 2014)

Big Win By Japanese Cup Entry:  Japanese stayer Bande advanced his chances of coming to Australia for the Caulfield Cup when he recorded a five lengths stakes win on the weekend. (11 August 2014)

Gatewood Closer To Melbourne Return:  Gatewood came a step closer to booking a return to Australia for the Melbourne Cup by claiming the Prix De Reux at Deauville. (11 August 2014)

Pinstripe Lane building to a spring return:  Troy Corstens is not sure if Queensland Derby runner-up Pinstripe Lane is up to the major Cups but says there are other winnable spring targets. (10 August 2014)

Mount Athos Ruled Out Of Melbourne Cup:  Mount Athos will not have the opportunity to run in the Melbourne Cup for the third successive season as he has been ruled out of action for the rest of the campaign. (8 August 2014)

Cavalryman Set For Melbourne Cup:  Trainer Saeed bin Suroor has his sights set on the Emirates Melbourne Cup after Cavalryman led home a 1-2 for the stable when coming home a neck in front of Ahzeemah in the Artemis Goodwood Cup. (1 August 2014)

Lucia Close To Returning:  Caulfield Cup joint favorite Lucia Valentina will trial again prior to beginning her spring campaign at Randwick late next month. (30 July 2014)

Goodwood Cup and Ebor options for Plate one-two:  The Group 2 Artemis Goodwood Cup and Betfred Ebor are under consideration for Angel Gabrial and Suegioo, who provided enthusiastic owner Marwan Koukash with a one-two in Saturday's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle (29 June 2014)

Click here to view the latest News on the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Track Rating: Dead 4
Rail: True
Penotrometer: Inside 4.86; Outside 4.88
Irrigation: Nil Last 24hrs; 18mm Last 7 days
Rainfall: Nil Last 24hrs; Nil 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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