Brett Prebble riding Green Moon (R) crosses the finish line to win the Emirates Melbourne Cup during 2012 Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Photo by Getty
Green Moon thundered down the straight to win the A$6.2
million ($NZ7.8 million) Melbourne Cup, upsetting a host of
highly-fancied foreign entrants to bring Australia's most
coveted racing prize back into local hands.
The Robert Hickmott-trained stallion charged to the front
with 300 metres to the line and held off fast-finishing
runner-up Fiorente to win the two-mile handicap by a length,
with third-placed Jakkalberry a further length-and-a-quarter
It is the first win for a locally prepared horse since
Shocking won "the race that stops a nation" in 2009.
Jockey Brett Prebble, who rode the 22-1 shot to perfection,
punched the air in celebration as a packed crowd at
Flemington Racecourse roared, and shook hands with Britain's
Prince Charles in the crowd.
Prebble said he knew the six-year-old bay had the race won at
the 1,200 metre mark.
"I knew nothing was going to go with him if he sustained the
journey," he said in a television interview.
"I probably pressed him a bit soon and it's hard to wait when
you have so much power underneath you but I was very
confident that no-one would pick him up when I let him down
and he ran all the way through the wire.
"It was a great feeling."
Fiorente's runner-up finish was further heartbreak for
trainer Gai Waterhouse, who trained two previous
second-placings - Te Akau Nick in 1993 and Nothin' Leica Dane
in 1995 - in the Cup.