2012 Melbourne Cup
The 2012 Emirates Melbourne Cup was the 152nd running of the Melbourne Cup, Australia's most prestigious Thoroughbred horse race. The race, held on Tuesday, 6 November 2012, at Flemington Racecourse, was won by Green Moon, ridden by jockey Brett Prebble, trained by Robert Hickmott, owned by businessman Lloyd Williams; the race was attended by Charles, Prince of Wales, his wife, Duchess of Cornwall, with the Duchess of Cornwall presenting the cup to the winner of the race. The prize money for the race, held over a distance of 3,200 metres, was A$6.2 million, increased from $6.175 million the previous year. The prize money is split with first place taking $3.6 million. The actual cup awarded to the winner of the race is valued at $175,000; the race was attended by 106,000 people. The field for the 2012 Melbourne Cup consisted of 24 horses, with the barrier draw conducted three days prior to the race, on the day of the running of the Victoria Derby. Going into the race, favourites included Americain and Red Cadeaux, with Dunaden having won the 2012 Caulfield Cup, considered an important lead-up race.
With Glencadam Gold leading for most of the race, Green Moon pulled clear in the final straight, won in 3 minutes, 20.45 seconds, with Fiorente a length behind in second place, Jakkalberry in third. Ethiopia finished last, 63 lengths behind the winner. Green Moon's win was the first in the cup for both the horse's jockey, Brett Prebble, trainer, Robert Hickmott, the fourth win overall for the owner, Lloyd Williams, who thus became the equal most successful owner in the race's history; the win was described as "a major upset", with Green Moon having been priced at $22.50 for a win and $7.40 for a place. Except where otherwise listed, horses are trained in Australia: List of Melbourne Cup winners
The Cup (book)
The Cup is a non-fiction book written by American author Eric O'Keefe. First published in Australia in 2009, its subject is the 2002 running of the Melbourne Cup, won by the American-bred gelding Media Puzzle, ridden by champion Australian jockey Damien Oliver and prepared by the Irish trainer Dermot Weld; the Cup was based on a 2003 article that O’Keefe wrote for Nicklaus Magazine titled "The Race That Stopped a Nation." O’Keefe and Australian director Simon Wincer co-authored the screenplay for the movie version of the story, which premiered in 2011 starring Brendan Gleeson. The week before the 2002 Melbourne Cup, Jason Oliver, Damien's older brother, was fatally injured in a training accident while riding an unraced horse at Belmont Racecourse in Perth. Taken to Royal Perth Hospital, Jason never regained consciousness and died after being taken off life support. In 1975, while competing in the Boulder Cup at Kalgoorlie, Ray Oliver and Jason's father, was involved in a five-horse fall. Knocked unconscious, the jockey was flown from Kalgoorlie to Perth where he too was treated at Royal Perth Hospital.
Ray Oliver never died. His death left his widow, Pat, to look after their two sons: Jason, 5, Damien, 3. Damien's decision to return to Melbourne following Jason's death and compete in the Melbourne Cup captured the attention of his fellow countrymen as well as racing enthusiasts around the world, he dedicated his victory in the 2002 Melbourne Cup to his brother. His winning ride has since been selected by Sport Australia Hall of Fame as one of the most memorable moments in the country's sporting history. Australian director Simon Wincer wrote the book's foreword; the first six chapters of The Cup introduce the individuals and the events leading up to the 2002 Melbourne Cup, including background on Dermot Weld, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the race itself, legendary trainer Bart Cummings, Dermot Weld's historic victory in the 1993 Melbourne Cup, the internationalization of the Melbourne Cup. The final ten chapters of The Cup focus on the 2002 racing season, including the decision to race Media Puzzle, Damien Oliver's background, the 2002 Geelong Cup, the great Australian Thoroughbred Northerly, Jason Oliver's accident, Jason Oliver's death and its effects, Damien Oliver's winless effort on Victoria Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, the 2002 Melbourne Cup, the burial of Jason Oliver.
A brief epilogue follows the principal characters since 2002. Appendices include the Final Field of the 2002 Melbourne Cup, Damien Oliver's 2002 Melbourne Cup Carnival Results, Melbourne Cup Statistics, the Cast of Characters; the launch of The Cup took place in the Committee Room at Flemington Racecourse on August 4, 2009. Race caller Bryan Martin emceed the event, which featured remarks by Simon Wincer. Eric O'Keefe spoke about his experiences researching and writing The Cup via commentary taped in Dallas. O’Keefe and Wincer co-wrote the screenplay for the movie version of The Cup, Wincer directed the $15 million feature film. Brendan Gleeson was cast as Dermot Weld. Stephen_Curry portrayed Damien Oliver, Daniel MacPherson portrayed his brother, Jason Oliver. Jodi Gordon played Trish Oliver, Alice Parkinson played Jason Oliver’s girlfriend, Jenny. Bill Hunter, in his final film role, played Bart Cummings. Bruce Rowland composed the musical score. David Burr was the cinematographer, Lisette Thomas production designer.
Jan Bladier, Lance Hool, David Lee, Wincer producer The Cup, Kirk D’Amico, Peter DeRauch, Joel Pearlman, Greg Sitch, James Vernon were executive producers. The Cup.com
2014 Melbourne Cup
The 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup was the 154th running of the Melbourne Cup, Australia's most prestigious Thoroughbred horse race. The race, run over 3,200 metres, was held on 4 November 2014, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Protectionist, ridden by Ryan Moore and trained by German Andreas Wöhler, won the race by four lengths, becoming the first German-trained winner of the Melbourne Cup. Red Cadeaux placed second and Who Shot Thebarman third, with Red Cadeaux the first horse to place second on three occasions; the total prize money for the race was A$6.2 million, with the winner receiving $3.6 million, as well as a solid gold trophy valued at $175,000. Hosted by the Victoria Racing Club, the Melbourne Cup was one of four major Group-1 races held at Flemington during the Spring Racing Carnival. An estimated $800 million was wagered on the race, attended by 100,794 people; the field for the 2014 Melbourne Cup consisted of 24 horses, with the barrier draw conducted three days prior to the race, after the conclusion of the Victoria Derby meeting.
The field was one of the oldest in the race's history, with an average age of 6.8 years. Unusually, only two horses in the race were bred in Australia, though a majority of trainers and jockeys were from Australia. Jockeys Glyn and Chad Schofield became the first father and son in the race since 1968, when George and Gary Moore both rode. Sea Moon was scratched the day after suffering from an ailment. English horse Cavalryman was scratched on the morning of the race due to foreleg swelling. † Indicates race favourite Race favourite Admire Rakti placed last and died shortly after the race from cardiac arrest following ventricular fibrillation. Another horse, shattered a hind pastern when frightened by a spectator after the race, he was euthanised. List of Melbourne Cup winners 154th Melbourne Cup Carnival 2014 website
The Melbourne Cup is Australia's most famous annual Thoroughbred horse race. It is a 3200-metre race for three-year-olds and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, it is the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world, one of the richest turf races. The event starts at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November and is known locally as "the race that stops a nation"; the Melbourne Cup has a long tradition, with the first race held in 1861. It was over two miles but was shortened to 3,200 metres in 1972 when Australia adopted the metric system; this reduced the distance by 18.688 metres, Rain Lover's 1968 race record of 3:19.1 was accordingly adjusted to 3:17.9. The present record holder is the 1990 winner Kingston Rule with a time of 3:16.3. The race is a quality handicap for horses 3 years old and over, run over a distance of 3200 metres, on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington Racecourse; the minimum handicap weight is 50 kg.
There is no maximum weight. The weight allocated to each horse is declared by the VRC Handicapper in early September; the Melbourne Cup race is a handicap contest in which the weight of the jockey and riding gear is adjusted with ballast to a nominated figure. Older horses carry more weight than younger ones, weights are adjusted further according to the horse's previous results. Weights were theoretically calculated to give each horse an equal winning chance in the past, but in recent years the rules were adjusted to a "quality handicap" formula where superior horses are given less severe weight penalties than under pure handicap rules. After the declaration of weights for the Melbourne Cup, the winner of any handicap flat race of the advertised value of A$55,000 or over to the winner, or an internationally recognised Listed, Group, or Graded handicap flat race, shall carry such additional weight, for each win, as the VRC Handicapper shall determine. Entries for the Melbourne Cup close during the first week of August.
The initial entry fee is $600 per horse. Around 300 to 400 horses are nominated each year. Following the allocation of weights, the owner of each horse must on four occasions before the race in November, declare the horse as an acceptor and pay a fee. First acceptance is $960, second acceptance is $1,450 and third acceptance is $2,420; the final acceptance fee, on the Saturday prior to the race, is $45,375. Should a horse be balloted out of the final field, the final declaration fee is refunded; the race directors retain the absolute discretion to exclude any horse from the race, or exempt any horse from the ballot on the race, but in order to reduce the field to the safety limit of 24, horses are balloted out based on a number of factors which include: 1000 prize money earned in the previous two years, 9 wins or placings in certain lead-up races 3 allocated handicap weight The winner of the following races are exempt from any ballot: Lexus Stakes LKS Mackinnon Stakes Cox Plate Caulfield Cup The Bart Cummings Andrew Ramsden Stakes Doncaster Cup Irish St. Leger Tenno Sho Sankei Sho All Comers Arlington Million San Juan Capistrano Handicap Australian Stayers ChallengeThe limitation of 24 starters is stated explicitly to be for safety reasons.
However, in the past far larger numbers were allowed - the largest field raced was 39 runners in 1890. International horses that are entered for the Melbourne Cup must undergo quarantine in an approved premises in their own country for a minimum period of 14 days before travelling to Australia; the premises must meet the Australian Government Standards. The Werribee International Horse Centre at Werribee racecourse is the Victorian quarantine station for international horses competing in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival; the facility has stabling for up to 24 horses in five separate stable complexes and is located 32 km from the Melbourne CBD. The total prize money for the 2018 race is A$7,300,000, plus trophies valued at $250,000; the first 12 past the post receive prize money, with the winner Cross Counter being paid $4 million, second $1 million, third $500,000, fourth $250,000, fifth $175,000, with sixth through to twelve place earning $150,000. Prizemoney is distributed to the connections of each horse in the ratio of 85 percent to the owner, 10 percent to the trainer and 5 percent to the jockey.
The 1985 Melbourne Cup, won by "What a Nuisance", was the first race run in Australia with prize money of $1 million. The Cup has a $500,000 bonus for the owner of the winner if it has won the group one Irish St. Leger run the previous September; the winner of the first Melbourne Cup in 1861 received a gold watch. The first Melbourne Cup trophy was awarded in 1865 and was an elaborate silver bowl on a stand, manufactured in England; the first existing and un-altered Melbourne Cup is from 1866, presented to the owners of The Barb. The silver trophy presented in 1867, now in the National Museum of Australia, was made in England but jewellers in Victoria complained to the Victorian Racing Club that the trophy should have been made locally, they believed the work of Melbournian, William Edwards, to be superior in both design and workmanship to the English made trophy. No trophy was awarded to the Melbourne Cup winner for the next eight years. In 1876 Edward Fischer, an immigrant from Austria, produced the first Australian-made trophy.
It was an Etruscan shape with two handles
Daliapour is an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from July 1998 until November 2002 he competed in seven different countries, running 26 times and winning seven races; the horse was bred by Aga Khan IV who owned him before selling him to Robert Ng in late 2000. He was trained by Luca Cumani before moving to Michael Stoute's stable in 2000, he was trained in Hong Kong by Ivan Allan for a few months in early 2001 before returning to Stoute for the remainder of his racing career. Daliapour showed promise as a two-year-old by winning the Autumn Stakes and was a top-class performer at three, winning the Blue Riband Trial Stakes and finishing second in both The Derby and the Irish Derby. Daliapour reached his peak as a four-year-old in 2000 when he won the Ormonde Stakes, Coronation Cup and Hong Kong Vase, he failed to win as a five-year-old but showed some good form over longer distances at six, recording his last win in the 2002 Curragh Cup. After his retirement from racing he stood as a breeding stallion in France and Australia with limited success.
Daliapour died aged 19 in August 2015 as a result of laminitis. Daliapour was a small bay horse with a white snip bred in Ireland by Aga Khan IV, he was from the eleventh crop of foals sired by Sadler's Wells, who won the Irish 2000 Guineas, Eclipse Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes in 1984 went on to be the Champion sire on fourteen occasions. His dam Dalara was good staying racemare who won the Prix de Royallieu and finished third in the Prix Royal-Oak, she was a half-sister to Darara and Darshaan, both of whom were top-class racehorses who excelled at stud. The colt raced in the green and red colours of the Aga Khan and was sent into training with Luca Cumani at the Bedford House Stables in Newmarket. Daliapour began his racing career by finishing sixth to Enrique in a seven furlong maiden race at Goodwood Racecourse on 31 July before recording his first success in a similar event over one mile at Chepstow a month later, he finished third to Boatman and Entertainer in the Haynes and Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury Racecourse on 18 September before ending his first season in the Listed Autumn Stakes at Ascot on 10 October.
Ridden by Olivier Peslier and starting 2/1 second favourite in a seven-runner field, he disputed the lead from the start and drew away in the closing stages to win "comfortably" by eight lengths from Boatman. Gerald Mosse took over as Daliapour's jockey for his second season, which began with the Blue Riband Trial Stakes at Epsom Racecourse over ten furlongs on 21 April. Starting the odds-on favourite against four opponents he led from the start and increased his advantage in the straight to win by two and a half lengths from Lightning Arrow. Seventeen days the colt started odds on favourite against four opponents in the pertemps Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield Park. After tracking the leader Entertainer, he took the lead early in the straight but was overtaken a furlong out and beaten one and a quarter lengths by Lucido with Royal Rebel and Fantastic Light finishing third and fourth. On 5 June, Daliapour started at odds of 10/1 in a sixteen-runner field for the 220th running of The Derby. Daliapour was amongst the leaders from the start, turned into the straight in third place and took the lead approaching the last quarter mile.
He was challenged and overtaken by Oath and was beaten one and three quarter lengths into second, with the unplaced horses including Compton Admiral, Dubai Millennium and Val Royal. That month the colt started second favourite at odds of 4/1 for the Irish Derby at the Curragh, he took the lead in the straight but proved no match for the French-trained Montjeu and was beaten five lengths into second place. Daliapour was matched against older horses for the first time in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on 24 July. After leading in the early stages he dropped away after half way and finished last of the eight runners behind Daylami, he sustained an injury in the race and did not race again in 1999. For the 2000 season, Daliapour was moved to the stable of Michael Stoute, he began his campaign in the Ormonde Stakes at Chester Racecourse on 11 May in which he was ridden by Kieren Fallon and started the 11/8 favourite. He took the lead approaching the final furlong and won "readily" by three quarters of a length from Life Is Life to give Sadler's Wells his 150th Group race winner in Europe.
The Racing Post's Tony Morris described him as "An admirable racehorse, restored to fitness and form, who may well attain Group 1 glory this season". On 9 June he made his third appearance at Epsom, his three opponents were Fantastic Light and Border Arrow. With Fallon again in the saddle he led from the start, established a clear advantage three furlongs out and held off the late challenge of Fantastic Light to win by three quarters of a length. In July he made his second appearance in the King George VI & Queen Eliabeth Stakes and improved on his 1999 effort as he finished third behind Montjeu and Fantastic Light. In the second half of the season Daliapour embarked on an international campaign, starting with the Grosser Preis von Baden in September. Racing of soft ground he started second favourite but finished fourth eight lengths behind the German Derby winner Samum. In October he was sent to Canada for the Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack and started 5/4 favourite against eleven opponents.
He took the lead in the last quarter mile but was outpaced in the closing stages and finished third behind Mutafaweq and Williams News. Daliapour was acquired by
Patrick J. "Pat" Smullen is an Irish jockey who has won the Irish flat racing Champion Jockey title nine times. Ireland Irish 1,000 Guineas - - Nightime, Bethrah Irish Derby - - Grey Swallow, Harzand Irish Oaks - - Covert Love Irish St. Leger - - Vinnie Roe Matron Stakes - - Dress to Thrill, Emulous Moyglare Stud Stakes - - Tarascon National Stakes - - Refuse to Bend Pretty Polly Stakes - - Chinese White Tattersalls Gold Cup - - Grey Swallow, Casual Conquest, Fascinating Rock France Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp - - Benbaun Prix de l'Opéra - - Covert Love Prix Royal-Oak - - Vinnie Roe Great Britain Epsom Derby - - Harzand 2,000 Guineas - - Refuse to Bend Ascot Gold Cup - - Rite of Passage Champion Stakes - - Fascinating Rock Prince of Wales's Stakes - - Free Eagle Sun Chariot Stakes - - Dress to Thrill United States Breeders' Cup Marathon - - Muhannak Matriarch Stakes - - Dress to Thrill NTRA profile Racing Post Profile
Damien Oliver is an Australian thoroughbred racing jockey. Oliver comes from a racing family. Oliver's riding career started in 1988 and he completed his apprenticeship with Lindsey Rudland and Lee Freedman, his first win as an apprentice was in March 1988 on Mr. Gudbud, at Bunbury, Western Australia and his first feature race win was the AJC Warwick Stakes, he suffered a series of injuries including a broken spine in 1996, sustained in a fall at Moonee Valley. He returned to riding after that back injury and rode the Japanese horse Pop Rock in the 2006 Melbourne Cup, which finished second to stablemate Delta Blues. In the 2007 Melbourne Cup, he placed second to Efficient on English horse Purple Moon. Oliver has won the Melbourne Cup three times, on Doriemus Media Puzzle and Fiorente, the Caulfield Cup on Mannerism, Paris Lane and Sky Heights, the Cox Plate on Dane Ripper and Northerly and the Blue Diamond Stakes, he was the regular rider of Lee Freedman's champion sprinter Schillaci and top filly Alinghi.
In the 2007 Golden Slipper, Damien completed the grand slam of Australian racing by winning the two-year-old race on the John Hawkes trained Forensics. On 22 September 2010, Oliver pulled out of rides at a Sandown meeting, while helping police with their inquiries into a criminal investigation. In 2011, The Cup, a biopic starring Stephen Curry, was released, it covered Oliver's relationships with the 2002 Melbourne Cup win on Media Puzzle. In 2013, Oliver won his third Melbourne Cup riding the favourite, Fiorente; this ride was his 100th Group 1 win. The victory was trainer Gai Waterhouse's first victory in the Melbourne Cup; as of 17 August 2014, Oliver has ridden in 7070 races and been placed in 2970 races including 1199 wins. Total prize money for horses ridden by Oliver is over $118 million; as of 27 July 2015, Oliver has ridden 760 rides in 2015 for 116 wins - averaging a winner every 6.6 rides. In 2012, Oliver was accused of placing a $10,000 bet on a rival horse, Miss Octopussy, to beat a horse he was riding, Europa Point, in the same race at Moonee Valley Racecourse on 1 October 2010.
Europa Point finished sixth but stewards had no issue with the way Oliver rode his horse, saying there was no change from the usual racing pattern or any other reason to doubt the integrity of the ride. It was subsequently revealed; the alleged incident was not discovered until 2012, during an investigation into the racing industry. He was subsequently dropped from the Lloyd Williams-owned Green Moon in the 2012 Cox Plate and 2012 Melbourne Cup although he did ride in the 2012 Cup Carnival, a move that annoyed some members of the public and racing industry, he won the Victoria Emirates Stakes. On 13 November 2012, Oliver was formally charged with the alleged offence. On 20 November 2012 he was banned for eight months for the illegal bet and received an additional two months' suspension for using a mobile phone in the area of the jockeys room against the rules, he was unable to ride in races until 13 September 2013. On his return to race riding, Oliver tasted success culminating in his Melbourne Cup winning ride.
There has been discussion on whether Oliver's sentence was adequate and the sentence for this offence has increased since. Had it occurred in 2013, he would have been suspended for two years for the same offence. Damien Oliver has won Racing Victoria's Scobie Breasley Medal eight times; the award recognises excellence in race riding on Melbourne racetracks. In 2014, he won the inaugural Roy Higgins Medal as the winner of the Victorian jockeys’ premiership. Oliver won the 2014/15 Melbourne Jockey's Premiership after riding 60 race winners, it was Oliver's 10th win of the award, trailing only Roy Higgins and Bill Duncan who have won the award 11 times. Oliver is married to Trish and they have three children, they live in the Melbourne suburb of Port Melbourne. Oliver's elder brother Jason was a jockey; the horse was found to have been administered phenylbutazone prior to the trial and this was thought to be a contributing factor in the accident. Oliver supports the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League.
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