Green Moon wins Melbourne Cup

17:53, Nov 06 2012
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Melbourne Cup Day in 1948.
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Flower power from 1969.
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Ah the 1980s, the Cave Girls hit the Melbourne Cup.
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The winners of the Fashions in the Field contest in 1967.
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Two years later... it's 1982 with all its big shoulders and odd hats.
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The little girl in the background doesn't seem convinced but this was all the rage at the 1957 Melbourne Cup.
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Keeping it bright and cheerful in 1996.
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Ditching the dresses in favour of a stylish pantsuit in 1972.
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It's the Melbourne Cup - literally. This hat from 1974 is made from plastic drink cups.
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And in 2009 they just did away with bottoms altogether.
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When choosing an outfit, one must consider its versatility for all of the day's activities.

Green Moon thundered down the straight to win the Melbourne Cup, upsetting a host of highly fancied foreign horses to bring Australia's most coveted racing prize back home.

The Robert Hickmott-trained stallion charged to the front 300 metres from the line and held off fast-finishing Fiorente to win the punishing $7.8 million two-mile handicap by a length.

The Irish-bred six-year-old defied 22-1 odds and several quality European stayers to hand local jockey Brett Prebble his first Cup and owner Lloyd Williams his fourth.

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An early arrival for the Melbourne Cup 2012 at Flemington racecourse.
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Visitors from the Pilbara arrive at the track for the cup.
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Making the most of the one day when it's OK to wear a huge hat.
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Or you could keep it small and tasteful.
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The fashionable and the beautiful gather for the Melbourne Cup.
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Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins (L) and model Rebecca Judd.
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A fine example of Melbourne Cup hattage.
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Bright colours are a strong theme at Flemington this year.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Bright colours are a strong theme at Flemington this year.
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Packed to the Rafters actress Jessica McNamee in the celeb hangout, the Bird Cage.
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Going for something a little different is Ash Hart.
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Fashion from the Bird Cage.
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Winners and Losers stars, Virigina Gay (L) and Melanie Vallejo arrive at Flemington Racecourse.
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Another fine hat in action in Melbourne.
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And the rest of the outfit to match the hat, worn by model Loredana Bonello.
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Matcho Suba from Australia's Project Runway. Yes that is a seahorse.
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Actress Maria Venuti.
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Glenn McGrath and his wife Sarah Leonardi.
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Rose Byrne keeps it simple.
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Sophie Monk strikes a pose.
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No that is not a towel on Jesinta Campbell's head. Really.
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Australian actress Pia Miranda in a jumpsuit.
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Mischa Barton dodges the rain.
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Fashions on the Field kicks off ahead of the big race at Flemington.
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The bigger the hat, the better for Fashions on the Field.
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And with these shoes why wouldn't you stay out of the rain?

Third-placed Jakkalberry finished a further length-and-a-quarter back.

Clad in blue and white silks, the Hong Kong-based Prebble punched the air in celebration as a packed crowd at Flemington Racecourse roared under leaden skies.

Prebble shook hands with Britain's Prince Charles in the crowd and said he knew the race won at the 1200 metre mark.

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Michael Rodd riding Villa Verde wins race one the 7News Plate during 2012 Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington.
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Horses cross the line in the 7 News Plate during 2012 Melbourne Cup.
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Michael Rodd riding Villa Verde wins race one the 7News Plate during 2012 Melbourne Cup.
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Damien Oliver walks through the mounting yard at the 2012 Melbourne Cup.
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Brett Prebble riding Kasane wins the TAB Trophy.
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Jockeys exit the mounting yard on their horses amidst the big crowd before the TAB Trophy race.
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Brett Prebble riding Kasane wins the TAB Trophy.
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Horses jump from the barrier in the Lavazza Long Black during 2012 Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse
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Hugh Bowman riding Koonoomoo wins race four the Herald Sun Stakes during 2012 Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse
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Dwayne Dunn riding Verdant
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The horses round the bend in the Lavazza Long Black
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Dwayne Dunn riding Verdant celebrates winning the Lavazza Long Black
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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales greats fans.
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Kerrin McEvoy riding Genteel wins the Schweppes Tonic 1000.
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Kerrin McEvoy leads the pack at the Schweppes Tonic 1000.
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Damien Oliver walks back to scale after his horse Detours broke down in the Herald Sun Stakes during 2012
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Hugh Bowman making hard work of The Herald Sun Stakes.
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Kerrin McEvoy riding Genteel
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Damien Oliver riding Walk With Attitude wins the Lexus Hyrbrid Plate
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Prince Charles and Camilla speak with jockey Ryan Moore
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Melbourne Cup 2012 finish
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Brett Pebble riding Green Moon wins the Emirates Melbourne Cup
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Brett Prebble riding Green Moon (R) crosses the finish line to win the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
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Brett Pebble takes forces his way to the front

"It's a lifelong dream," Prebble said.

"I thought the only thing that could get him beaten was his stamina if he didn't stay the trip.

"But the feeling he was giving me at the 1,200 was the sort of feeling you only get from very good horses.

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The jokers are out in force for the 2012 Melbourne cup at Flemington.
Melbourne Cup party time
Race fans are determined to enjoy the day, come rain, hail or snow.
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Taking cup fashion to the extreme. Or something like that.
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Time for a party.
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Get the beers in love.
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Getting snap happy in between the races.
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Got the bubbles, got the fascinators - let's party.
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Well, yes lads, it's a 'look'.
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These guys came all the way from Perth to celebrate at the Melbourne Cup.
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Pretty in pink?
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Getting stuck into the bubbly.
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Sophie Monk shows us what the cup is really for.
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King Damon Hagaman and Queen Arna Hagaman enjoying the day at the races.
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Negotiating the stairs in heels.
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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, gets amongst it with the cup crowds.
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Jockey Ryan Moore stays tight lipped when Prince Charles asks for a tip. (No, not really).
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The excitement proves too much for some.

"I've been very fortunate to ride some champions and he's up there in the top 10."

Last year's winner Dunaden and fellow French stayer Americain, who won the 2010 race, were favourites in the lead-up but failed to mount a serious challenge.

The Mikel Delzangles-trained Dunaden started favourite despite carrying the top weight of 59kgs but finished 14th in the 24-entrant field, while Americain ran in 11th.

BLUSHES SPARED

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WINNER: Brett Prebble rides Green Moon to victory in Melbourne.

Americain's non-placing spared the blushes of Australian racing administrators, criticised for allowing local jockey and former Cup winner Damien Oliver to ride despite being under investigation for illegal betting.

Local media reported earlier that Oliver had admitted to stewards he had bet on a rival horse at a local race meeting two years ago.

Oliver, who won the 2002 race on Media Puzzle, had been scheduled to ride Green Moon at the Cup and the prestigious Cox Plate last month but the 40-year-old was dumped by Williams after the corruption allegations emerged.

Williams previously won the Melbourne Cup with Just a Dash (1981), What a Nuisance (1985) and Efficient (2007).

The property magnate imported Green Moon in 2010 after the stallion failed to make a major impression in Britain.

Green Moon's fortunes improved dramatically Down Under, although few had backed him for the Cup fter a disappointing seventh at last month's prestigious 2,040-metre Cox Plate.

"We put a lot of money in and a heck of a lot of effort so to get this result today is terrific," said Williams's son and racing manager Nick.

"God bless everyone who wrote him off."

Fiorente's second place brought further disappointment to trainer Gai Waterhouse, who had prepared two previous runners-up with Te Akau Nick in 1993 and Nothin Leica Dane in 1995.

Italian trainer Marco Botti's Jakkalberry was the best of the international entrants, with the Luca Cumani-trained Mount Athos finishing fifth.

Last year's runner-up Red Cadeaux, trained by Briton Ed Dunlop, came eighth, while the powerful Goldolphin stable's entrant Cavalryman was 12th. 

WINNINGS

Quinella:  11, 16 $506.90
Trifecta: 14:11:3 $41,064
First 4:  14:11:3:24 $969,406.40

Reuters