Owner Lloyd Williams has won his fifth Melbourne Cup as import Almandin outlasted Irish raider Heartbreak City to take out the $6.2 million Group One at Flemington.
Almandin, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy and trained by Robert Hickmott, beat Heartbreak City and Godolphin’s favourite Hartnell in a brilliant finish.
McEvoy — who previously won the Cup on Brew in 2000 — made a perfectly-timed run to hit the front after the top of the straight, as Almandin and Heartbreak City, ridden by Joao Moreira, settled down to fight out the finish.
Williams won for the fifth time following the successes of Just a Dash (1981), What a Nuisance (1985), Efficient (2007) and Green Moon (2012).
He passes 19th Century owners Frenchman Etienne de Mestre and John Tait, and Bart Cummings partner Dato Tan Chin Nam.
More to come.
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