Horse racing-Verry Elleegant storms home to win Melbourne Cup

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MELBOURNE, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Verry Elleegant won the A$8 cardinal ($6 million) Melbourne Cup astatine Flemington Racecourse connected Tuesday, storming location successful the last consecutive to triumph by three-and-a-half lengths.

Pre-race favourite Incentivise ran 2nd up of third-placed Spanish Mission successful Australia's "race that stops the nation".

Jockey James McDonald was overwhelmed aft his archetypal Melbourne Cup triumph connected the Chris Waller-trained mare, which was rated 14/1 by bookmakers.

"I emotion her to bits, she's been truthful bully to me," helium said.

"I tin safely accidental she is simply a champion now.

"She was relaxed the full mode ... I was blowing kisses to her each the way. I conscionable can't judge it."

"I ne'er thought I would triumph 1 (Melbourne Cup), I dreamed I'd triumph one, it's truthful hard to win. Her combat and determination conscionable takes her truthful far. I privation to swear!"

Australian stayer Incentivise was a 3/1 favourite to assertion the gruelling two-mile handicap, having won its past 9 starts and aft blitzing the tract successful past month's 2,400m Caulfield Cup, a accepted signifier usher for the Cup.

The Peter Moody-trained gelding held the pb arsenic it rounded the last crook but Verry Elleegant burst into the beforehand with 300m to the station and burned distant from the field.

British stayer Spanish Mission was rated 2nd favourite astatine 9/1.

Only 2 horses prepared extracurricular Australia and New Zealand were among the 23 that ran astatine Flemington, wherever a COVID-capped assemblage of 10,000 gathered connected a hot, sunny day, a twelvemonth aft Twilight Payment won the contention astatine a closed track.

Rank outsider Future Score, trained by Matt Cumani, was scratched successful the greeting aft vets recovered lameness successful his close foreleg.

($1 = 1.3330 Australian dollars)

Reporting by Ian Ransom successful Melbourne; Editing by Stephen Coates/Peter Rutherford

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