Mates quinella the Cup

Last updated 10:37 07/11/2012
James McDonald
Back in 2005, Australian Jockey Brett Prebble paid a visit to a small Cambridge stable. A young James Mcdonald asked his hero if he could take a picture with him.

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A special bond between the first jockeys was evident as James McDonald congratulated Brett Prebble after the line of yesterday's A$6.2 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

The jockeys linked hands after they had crossed the line, Prebble having ridden Green Moon to success and McDonald chasing him home on runner-up Fiorente.

Apart from being the first two home and having ridden against each in Hong Kong, Prebble was something of an idol of McDonald's after he had visited his father Brett McDonald's training stables about 10 years ago.

The pair were photographed together and Prebble gave a 10-year-old McDonald one of his whips.

"It was a Sunline whip and I was tickled pink to get it," McDonald said last night.

"I remember the photo. I just came up to his elbow, whereas these days I tower above him. That must have been 10 years ago and who would have thought that 10 years later we'd be finishing first and second in a Melbourne Cup."

McDonald's day ended on a sour note when he was suspended for 14 meetings for causing interference 800m from home in the Cup.

However, McDonald said it wasn't has fault and has appealed.

Should he fail to get the sentence reduced, McDonald would miss the ride on Pure Elegance in the Gr I 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on Saturday week and Hong Kong the following day when he was booked to ride Champions Mile winner Xtension.

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