The Melbourne Cup Carnival, one of the biggest sporting events in Australia, saw one of the country’s largest tourism successes. Spanning over four sunny days, it attracted over 318,854 local, regional and international attendees who flocked to enjoy the racing, fashion, entertainment and hospitality of the world’s most vibrant racing event.
The 156th Emirates Melbourne Cup came to an exciting finish with the narrow victory by Almandin cementing Lloyd Williams’ place in the rich history of the race.
The thrills continued on Crown Oaks Day, with 120-1 chance Lasqueti Spirit providing a huge upset, while on the opening day of the Carnival, James Cummings became the fourth trainer of the Cummings dynasty to win the AAMI Victoria Derby when Prized Icon took the honours in the classic for three-year-olds.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival came to a close with Saturday’s Emirates Stakes Day. A strong crowd of 70,351 witnessed Stephen Baster ride the Leon and Troy Corstens-trained Awesome Rock to take out the $2 million feature race of the day.
Malaguerra, for trainer Peter Gelagotis and jockey Ben Melham, claimed the sprinting battle, winning the $1million Darley Classic.
The Carnival saw over 511 horses compete in 37 races with more than $18 million in prize money. The organiser has also made the effort to reach out to new audiences via a live stream by Channel 7 on Twitter that saw the hashtag #MelbourneCup trend number one worldwide. Live coverage of the Emirates Melbourne Cup reached 2.96 million viewers around the country, while PLUS7 Live delivered 575,000 streams.
The Birdcage Enclosure played host to international and local celebrities including Elsa Pataky, Curtis Stone and Gina Rinehart at Emirates; Scott Eastwood at Sensis; Maria Menounos at Mumm; Bec Hewitt and Ashleigh Brewer at Lavazza; and Jennifer Hawkins and Kris Smith at Myer, while nine-time Olympic gold medallist and special guest of Crown, Usain Bolt, thrilled racegoers when he presented the Crown Oaks trophy to winning connections on Thursday.
另外，持续精彩刺激的皇冠橡树日，Lasqueti Spirit结果以120-1的赔率大爆冷门。而在嘉年华开幕日James Cummings作为Cummings朝代的第四名练马师赢得AAMI维多利亚达比日经典3岁组的荣誉大奖。
墨尔本杯赛马嘉年华终于在周六举行的阿联酋赌注日落下帷幕，共7万351观众见证Stephen Baster骑着练马师Leon与Troy Corstens精心训练的赛马 Awesome Rock，赢取了200万澳元的奖金。
至于练马师Peter Gelagotis和骑师Ben Melham携同名驹Malaguerra，冲刺战役赢得达利经典赛的100万澳元奖金。
The Birdcage区域依旧迎来国际和当地明星名人，包括代表阿联酋的ElsaPataky, Curtis Stone和Gina Rinehart ; Sensis的Scott Eastwood Mumm的Maria Menounos ; Lavazza的Bec Hewitt和Ashleigh Brewer ; 还有Myer的Jennifer Hawkins与Kris Smith，而9次田径赛跑奥运金牌得主兼特别嘉宾Usain Bolt为皇冠橡树赛主持颁奖。