Melbourne Cup Day has officially arrived, and we have covered with up-to-the-minute results and analysis right here at HorseRacing.com.au.
The 10-race program begins at 10:45am Melbourne, while the ‘race that stops a nation’ is scheduled to run at 3:00pm.
There are also five other black-type races on the program, so be sure to check back at the conclusion of every race for a complete breakdown!
Race 1: Darley Maribyrnong Plate (1000m), 10:45am
Peter Moody is off to a fast start following Brereton’s win in the first of the day.
The Zoustar colt was brave over the final 100m, fighting back to beat home Godolphin two-year-old Renosu in a head-bob right on the line.
The two-year-old was the $5.00 favourite in betting following a runner-up in the Debutant Stakes at Caulfield close to a month ago.
Maribyrnong Plate Results:
- 1st: Brereton ($5.50)
- 2nd: Renosu ($2.45)
- 3rd: Le Gagneur ($5.00)
- 4th: Water Bomber
Race 2: The Macca’s Run (2800m), 11:20am
Blaike McDougall and Irish import Team Captain combined to win the first staying race of the day at Flemington.
The Matt Cumani-trained galloper found cover early on before McDougall burst through a gap down the straight.
The six-year-old son of Galileo went on to win by nearly two lengths in what was almost a repeat performance of his impressive Hamilton Cup win last month.
The win was also a nice consolation for Cumani, who had Future Score scratched from the Melbourne Cup on vet’s advice.
The Macca’s Run Results:
- 1st: Team Captain ($7.00)
- 2nd: Accountability ($2.00)
- 3rd: Good Idea ($1.95)
- 4th: Lion’s Share
Race 3: Resimax Group Subzero Handicap (1400m), 12:00pm
Blaike McDougall has made it an early double aboard the Richard Laming-trained Excelman in the Subzero Handicap.
The son of Reliable Man made a winning return in the greys race, getting out late to run down the front-running Naval Envoy, who led for most of the way.
Laming’s three-year-old was a winner at Caulfield over further last time in but hadn’t seen at the races since July.
The Subzero Handicap Results:
- 1st: Excelman ($7.50)
- 2nd: Naval Envoy ($2.20)
- 3rd: Standoff ($2.70)
- 4th: Housay
Race 4: Furphy Plate (1800m), 12:40pm
Milton Park continued his brilliant spring with a second consecutive black-type win in the Furphy Plate.
The son of Written Tycoon went all the way and found something extra over the final 100m to hold off the fast-finishing Skyman.
John Moloney’s four-year-old won the Listed Sale Cup over the mile by two lengths last week, a performance that suggested he would see out 1800m on the quick backup.
Furphy Plate Results:
- 1st: Milton Park ($7.50)
- 2nd: Skyman ($1.60)
- 3rd: Charleise ($2.25)
- 4th: Best of Days
Race 5: Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy (1400m), 1:20pm
A patient ride from Damien Oliver has seen Lackeen first past the post in the fifth at Flemington.
The Godolphin five-year-old was having his first run back following a successful winter campaign that saw him run a place in three consecutive starts at Rosehill.
The European import saw plenty of late support off the back of two impressive trials and showed a real turn of foot once Olly found the clear.
Frankie Pinot was next best, followed Blondeau who clung on to fill the minors.
Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy Results:
- 1st: Lackeen ($5.00)
- 2nd: Frankie Pinot ($1.75)
- 3rd: Blondeau ($1.85)
- 4th: Fender
Race 6: The Schweppervescence Plate (1000m), 1:55pm
Profiteer led all the way to win The Schewppervescence in a brilliant front-running display from James McDonald.
The promising son of Capitalist was last seen finishing a clear runner-up to Extreme Warrior in the Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield, a form line that read well stepping back in trip.
Profiteer got into as short as $2.15 with Ladbrokes and is now a perfect two-from-two at Flemington.
The Schweppervescance Plate Results:
- 1st: Profiteer ($2.15)
- 2nd: Direct ($3.10)
- 3rd: Enthaar ($1.35)
- 4th: Bacchanalia
Race 7: Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m), 3:00pm
The Kiwi trio of Verry Elleegant, James McDonald and Chris Waller have combined to win the 2021 Lexus Melbourne Cup.
A beautiful steer from J-Mac saw the now 10-time Group 1 winner over the line with short-priced favourite Incentivise a distant second.
Complete analysis of the great race is available here.
2021 Melbourne Cup Results:
- 1st: Verry Elleegant ($17.00)
- 2nd: Incentivise ($1.60)
- 3rd: Spanish Mission ($1.60)
- 4th: Floating Artist
Race 8: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m), 4:00pm
Nash Rawiller found himself in the winner’s circle on Cup Day aboard classy galloper Rich Hips.
The Written Tycoon mare stuck on well along the rails and showed a dazzling turn of foot to race past Exceldia and win.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Results:
- 1st: Rich Hips ($7.00)
- 2nd: Exceldia ($2.30)
- 3rd: Paul’s Regret ($6.00)
- 4th: Belle Plasir
Race 9: TAB Trophy (1800m), 4:40pm
The Mitchell Freedman-trained Spirit of Gaylard has added a black-type win to his resume with a gutsy performance in the Listed TAB Trophy.
The lightly raced colt won his maiden on a heavy track at Bendigo early last month and was only 2.5L off Forgot YOu in the Moonee Valley Vase last time out.
He kept finding in just his fourth career start and clearly has a very bright future ahead of him, potentially over further.
TAB Trophy Results:
- 1st: Spirit of Gaylard ($5.00)
- 2nd: Blushing Tycoon ($4.60)
- 3rd: Maracana ($1.80)
- 4th: All So Clear
Race 10: MSS Security Sprint (1200m), 5:15pm
A late bursting run has seen Quantico home in the last of the day in the Listed MSS Security Sprint.
The son of I Am Invincible got clear down the inside of the Flemington straight to race past a very brave Sirius Suspect, who stuck on well up on the speed.
The win made it a hat-trick for John O’Shea’s five-year-old after opening the spring with a pair of wins in Sydney.
MSS Security Spring Results
- 1st: Quantico ($6.00)
- 2nd: Sirius Suspect ($8.50)
- 3rd: Prime Candidate ($2.60)
- 4th: Munitions