2017 Melbourne Cup Results: Rekindling Defies Odds To Emerge Victorious


2017 Melbourne Cup

The Joseph O’Brien British stayer produced a stunning performance towards the final 500 metres to emerge victorious in Australia’s biggest race of the year. Although Rekindling wasn’t even placed among the top five favourites in the punters’ table, it didn’t have a hard time getting ahead of the top three favourites. However, towards the end its real competition was against the $10 rated Irish Johannes Vermeer and it looked like the cup was heading towards a photo finish. But in the end Rekindling hit top gear at the right time under the guidance of jockey Corey Brown to get a clear 0.4 length victory and claim the 2017 Melbourne Cup title.

The win was Brown’s second Melbourne Cup victory and he appeared to be ecstatic and euphoric in front of reporters. “I can’t believe it,” Brown said. “I chased the ride about six weeks ago; I’d be happy with the big ones like this every year!
“It’s so special… I can’t believe I’ve done it again.
“It’s a dream even riding in the race, but to win it again, I’m lost for words.”

Rekindling’s owner Lloyd Williams also looked excited after watching his stable’s representatives grab successive wins. “I thought this horse had some chance because his run in the Leger was good and I’ve been saying to people the three-year-old form over there is very good,” Williams said. “I wanted somebody who could ride the weight and I wanted an experienced rider so I had Corey Brown. He is a Sydney Cup winner, he’s a Melbourne Cup winner, I wanted that sort of rider.”

Meanwhile, second place finishing jockey Ben Melham blamed the 3kg weight difference between the winner and Johannes Vermeer to be the main reason for the narrow defeat in the end. “We had a great run throughout; I was spending the money at the furlong, I thought we were home. It was probably the weight that was the difference.”

Led by jockey Purton Zac Perton, the William Mullins trained Max Dynamite finished in third place and Perton seemed happy with the result. “Excellent run, he was very brave,” said Purton. “He took the tight run when I asked him to and I thought he will fight but he’s a bit old now. Terrific effort anyway.”

The pre-race $8 favourite Marmelo could only manage a disappointing 9th place finish, while the 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Alamdin finished even further back at 12th.

Here are the final results:

Position Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight
1 REKINDLING (GB) Joseph O’Brien Corey Brown 4 51.5kg
2 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 0.4L 3 54.5kg
3 MAX DYNAMITE (FR) William Mullins Zac Purton 2.9L 2 54kg
4 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 5.65L 5 53.5kg
5 NAKEETA (GB) Iain Jardine Glyn Schofield 6.4L 19 53kg
6 THOMAS HOBSON (GB) William Mullins Ben Allen (a) 8.65L 20 52kg
7 TIBERIAN (FR) Alain Couetil Olivier Peslier 9.15L 22 55.5kg
8 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Dwayne Dunn 9.65L 7 53kg
9 MARMELO (GB) Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 9.75L 16 55kg
10 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) William Mullins Stephen Baster 10.5L 8 54kg
11 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Andreas Wohler Kerrin McEvoy 11.25L 23 55kg
12 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott Frankie Dettori 11.45L 14 56.5kg
13 CISMONTANE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Beau Mertens (a) 12.2L 17 50kg
14 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir Dean Yendall 12.95L 10 51kg
15 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 13.95L 9 53kg
16 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) Hugo Palmer Craig Williams 15.45L 15 53kg
17 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 15.85L 11 53kg
18 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jamie Spencer 16.15L 21 53.5kg
19 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Blake Shinn 16.65L 13 56kg
20 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Damian Lane 28.65L 12 57.5kg
21 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Glen Boss 30.15L 6 54kg
22 BONDI BEACH (IRE) Robert Hickmott Michael Walker 31.4L 1 54kg
23 GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Michael Dee 99.9L 18 53kg
X WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 0
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