4 Nov 2009

Australian horse Shocking takes Melbourne Cup

6:13 am on 4 November 2009

Australian horse Shocking roared past Ireland's Crime Scene in the closing stages to win the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday.

The four-year-old, ridden by Corey Brown, was driven wide going into the final straight, but reeled in Crime Scene.

Brown was beaten in a photo finish in last year's race.

The Irish stayer Mourilyan finished third in the 23-horse field.

Shocking is trained in Melbourne by Mark Kavanagh.

Crime Scene was ridden by Kerrin McEvoy and trained by England-based Saeed Bin Suroor, while Mourilyan was ridden by Glyn Schofield, and trained by South African Herman Brown.

Harris Tweed was the best placed of the New Zealand-trained horses, finishing fifth.

Pre-race favourite Alcopop was sixth and last year's winner Viewed was seventh.

Daffodil, which was expected to be the leading New Zealand chance, finished eleventh.

$7.9m bet here

The TAB says a total of $7.91 million was bet in New Zealand on the 149th Melbourne Cup.

It says the result is up 4.1% on last year, and is the third best result behind the 2005 record of $8.1 million and the 2006 total of $7.95 million.

The TAB says the largest bet on winner Shocking was $2000, netting the punter $24,000.

The largest wager overall was $6500 on Alcopop.

About 265,000 New Zealanders put money on the cup.