Horse Racing - Green Moon rises high

Green Moon defied Europe’s much-fancied challengers and thrilled 120,000 Australian race-goers to win the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

“The pace just wasn’t fast enough,” lamented Alain de Royer Dupre, the French trainer of Dunaden, who finished a lowly 14th after starting as one of the favourites.

Dupre was not the only trainer to curse the slow going, which, unusually for the Melbourne Cup, left a host of pretenders still in contention in the closing stages.

Driven forward by Brett Prebble, Green Moon ambushed the rest of the field to win by a length from Fiorente and Jakkalberry, the best-placed of the European contingent.

Frustrated by the slow pace, long-distance runner Dunaden was also carrying top weight of 59 kg, giving away some 5.5 kg to the winner. France’s other representative Americain fared little better, finishing 11th in what his trainer Mikel Delzangles confirmed will be his last race before retiring to stud in Australia.

Race result:

1. Green Moon (B. Prebble)

2. Fiorente (J. McDonald)

3. Jakkalberry (C. O’Donoghue)

4. Kelinni (G. Boss)

5. Mount Athos (R. Moore)

11. Americain (D. Oliver)

14. Dunaden (C. Williams)