Rekindling wins 2017 Melbourne Cup

November 7, 2017

Rekindling has won the 2017 Melbourne Cup becoming the first three-year-old winner since 1941 ahead of Johannes Vermeer in second place and Max Dynamite in third in front of Melbourne Cup Day attendance of 90,536.Rekindling win means trainer Joseph O’Brien, a 24 years old trainer beat his dad’s Johannes Vermeer into second, with Max Dynamite completing Irish top three finishes while Big Duke came fourth.The horse ran at number 22, won the race with few centimeters after overtaking number 7, Johannes, at the last second.When the race kicked off, Cismontane set the early pace, while Thomas Hobson was tailing at the 1600m mark. As race progressed, it was clear the run to the line would be between Johannes Vermeer and Rekindling after the two Lloyd Williams runners took off from the field with 400m to run and Williams achieved a quinella in the race. Winning Jockey Corey Brown on interview with Seven Network ecstatically said “I can’t believe it. Oh honestly, I chased the ride about six weeks ago and with a light weight thinking I was a big chance to get on him.I can’t believe it. I have been back here from overseas about nine months and slowly and surely getting back to where I was. Mate, again I can’t believe it,” added Brown.For the Melbourne cup 2017 winning owner Lloyd Williams, “its an absolute dream. On Tv interview with Seven Network, Williams said I am so thrilled … It is terribly exciting. I can’t put it into words to be perfectly honest. Just to do it with this 24 year old trainer Joseph O’Brien. He has been taking the world on. I thought that this horse had some chance and I thought that his run in the Ledger was good and his three year old form over there has been very good in the Doncaster Cup.”

It was a disappointing race for Hughie Morrison trained Marmelo who was the favourite with Almandin as well as Humidor. As a racing fan, Rekindling jockey Corey Brown deserves nothing but respect for his perfect ride and on this 157th Melbourne cup, I can conclusively say that trainer Joseph O’Brien has proved to his legendary father Aidan O’Brien that he’s a good student. Joseph O’Brien’s Rekindling went past his father’s Johannes Vermeer with 100m to run to win by a thin margin in what I could only describe as an epic finish.In an interview with Seven Network, the official broadcaster of the race, O’Brien said “I can’t believe it. I am thankful to Lloyd and Nick, they suggested to bring him down and he would have a good chance in the race. His preparation went really good. Corey gave him an unbelievable ride. For everyone and the lads at home and the lads here have done an unbelievable job. All the lads at home, all year round, have done a great job with him. I can’t quite believe it. This is unbelievable. It hasn’t sunk in yet.”Among the celebrities in attendance included Sunrise host Samantha Armytage, Eighties pop star Taylor Dayne whose song Tell It to My Heart remains a favorite for your blogger as the 55 years old wore a powder-blue off the shoulder dress.No doubt just like her song, Melbourne cup ‘Love Will Lead You Back’ …Others your blogger spotted on the screen were Paris Jackson who wore a Morrison dress, Ann Shoebridge headpiece and Christie Nicolaides earrings, Dutch model Lara Stone, Anthony Callea, Joel Selwood, Lauren Philips, Jennifer Hawkins, Rebecca Judd and Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe Shorten among many more. The 2017 Melbourne Cup finishing order 1. Rekindling 2. Johannes Vermeer 3. Max Dynamite 4. Big Duke 5. Nakeeta 6. Thomas Hobson 7. Tiberian 8. Libran 9. Marmelo 10. Wicklow Brave 11. Red Cardinal 12. Almandin 13. Cismontane 14. Amelie’s Star 15. Boom Time 16. Wall Of Fire 17. Single Gaze 18. US Army Ranger 19. Humdir 20. Hartnell 21. Ventura Storm 22. Bondi Beach and last one at number 23 was Gallante

Contador Harrison