Rekindling, the youngest horse in the race, has won the 2017 Melbourne Cup.
The four-year-old British stallion, brought to Australian by Lloyd Williams, slipped past Johannes Vermeer in the final 200 metres, with Max Dynamite third.
Trainer Joseph O’Brien’s horse just beat his father, Aidan’s, five-year-old horse for the win.
Johannes Vermeer was once again left bridesmaid after leading the field down the final furlong, having previously finished a close second in the Caulfield Stakes and third in the Caulfield Cup.
Big Duke came in fourth, and Gallante last.
The result did not bring a lot of joy for Macquarie’s quant team, who used two data modelling scenarios to predict the winners, with Red Cardinal and Almandin in the top 3 for both options – they finished 11th and 12th respectively – and Max Dynamite (3rd) winning in one scenario with Marmelo (9th) in 2nd place in another.
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