Kerrin McEvoy made history today as the first jockey to win the Melbourne Cup for the second time, delivering Lloyd Williams his fifth Cup aboard Almandin.
South Australian-born McEvoy was aboard 2000 Melbourne Cup winner Brew. He is the brother-in-law of last year’s winner, Michelle Payne.
Almandin beat Heartbreak City and Hartnell, paying $11.80/$4.40.
After the race Payne said: “It’s so exciting. My sister Kathy is due at home to have their fourth baby. Hopefully she’s held on because it’s ready to come any time soon. She’ll be so excited. What a finish. Kerrin is such an amazing rider. What a great ride it was.”
Williams, 76, who founded Crown Casino before selling it to his friend, the late Kerry Packer, in 1999, had four horses in the race, including Bondi Beach, one of the favourites.
It’s rare for the Melbourne property developer to be at Flemington, but he was there to witness the win and acknowledged trainer Robert Hickmott.
“He’s been with me for probably 15 years now. There is no better person as an employee of a racing stable. I’m a very, very difficult boss, I have to tell you. So he’s gone through thick and thin with me,” he said.
Hickmott trained the Williams-owned 2012 winner Green Moon, and was also a key player in one of his other winners, Efficient in 2007.
While Almandin firmed from an opening price of $301 to still be an outsider at $14, one person had faith the Williams horse would triumph – cricketing legend and punter Shane Warne.
Drinks are on Warnie tonight.
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) November 1, 2016
Here’s the final stages of the race:
— FlemingtonRacecourse (@FlemingtonVRC) November 1, 2016
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