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R7 FLEMINGTON07 November 2017
Emirates Melbourne Cup G1 OPEN ($6,250,000), 3200m 3:21.19
Race Synopsis: In a finish that saw the first 12 past the post bred in Europe, the Irish-trained three-year-old (by Northern Hemisphere time) Rekindling staged a strong staying effort in winning. Given a perfect trip by Corey Brown from barrier four, Rekindling travelled nicely in tenth place on the rails, behind a reasonable tempo, improved between runners nearing the home turn to be just behind the leading group on straightening. He went to second at the 200m and finished too well under his light weight (51.5kg) to win well. The Aiden O’Brien-trained Johannes Vermeer also had a good trip from a favourable barrier (3) racing in fifth place on the rails. He moved up well on turning for home, looked the winner when took the lead at the 300m and then fought back gamely at his first run beyond 2400m for (long neck) second. Another Irish-trained runner Max Dynamite, who was second in this race in 2015, completed a perfect result for Irishtrained runners in finishing third. He too had a good run from an ideal barrier (2) racing in seventh place on the rails before improving behind the leaders at the home turn. Zac Purton got him through a split, going to third at the 300m and he then kept fighting on gamely to take the minor placing. Big Duke raced in 12th place, on the rails, went between runners at the home turn going to sixth at the 300m and then kept battling on well for (5.7 lengths) fourth. Nakeeta was back in 17th place, went closer to the rails on turning for home, going to eighth at the 200m and then kept fighting on to finish (6.5 lengths) fifth. Thomas Hobson settled near last from his difficult barrier (20), improved (deep) nearing the home turn and kept running on well under his light weight (52kg) for (8.8 lengths) sixth. Of the other favoured runners, Marmelo had a good trip in fourth place before moving up well to take the lead at the home turn and then finished (9.9 lengths) ninth. Red Cardinal was near last before making some ground for (12 lengths) 11th, last year’s winner Almandin was midfield and battled on for (12 lengths) 12th while Humidor (17 lengths) 19th and Hartnell (29 lengths) 20th appeared tested by the 3200m trip.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
22. REKINDLING (GB)
3yo Colt
JOSEPH O'BRIEN
COREY BROWN
51.5
$15.00
 
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - SITARA (GB)
N C Williams, Mr & Mrs L J Williams, A L & B A Green, B N Singer, P Mehrten, J & Mrs F Ingham, M Gudinski, V Sammartino, G T Ryan, Bulla Thoroughbreds (Mgr: M Ruff) & Heffernan Bloodstock (Mgr: D Heffernan)
 
2nd  
7. JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE)
4yo Horse
A P O'BRIEN
BEN MELHAM
54.5
$13.00
 
GALILEO (IRE) - INCA PRINCESS (IRE)
N C Williams, Mr & Mrs L J Williams, A L & B A Green, B N Singer, P Mehrten, J & Mrs F Ingham, M Gudinski, V Sammartino, G T Ryan, Bulla Thoroughbreds (Mgr: M Ruff) & Heffernan Bloodstock (Mgr: D Heffernan)
 
3rd  
9. MAX DYNAMITE (FR)
7yo Gelding
WILLIE MULLINS
ZAC PURTON
54.0
$21.00
 
GREAT JOURNEY (JPN) - MASCARA (GER)
 Mrs S Ricci
 


4th  13. BIG DUKE (IRE)
5yo Gelding
DARREN WEIR
BRENTON AVDULLA
53.5
$21.00
5th  18. NAKEETA (GB)
6yo Gelding
I JARDINE
GLYN SCHOFIELD
53.0
$41.00
6th  21. THOMAS HOBSON (GB)
7yo Gelding
WILLIE MULLINS
BEN ALLEN
52.0
$21.00
7th  4. TIBERIAN (FR)
5yo Horse
A COUETIL
OLIVIER PESLIER
55.5
$31.00
8th  17. LIBRAN (IRE)
6yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
DWAYNE DUNN
53.0
$61.00
9th  5. MARMELO (GB)
4yo Horse
H MORRISON
HUGH BOWMAN
55.0
$7.00
10th  12. WICKLOW BRAVE (GB)
8yo Gelding
WILLIE MULLINS
STEPHEN BASTER
54.0
$67.00
11th  6. RED CARDINAL (IRE)
5yo Gelding
A WOHLER
KERRIN MCEVOY
55.0
$16.00
12th  2. ALMANDIN (GER)
7yo Gelding
ROBERT HICKMOTT
FRANKIE DETTORI
56.5
$7.00
13th  24. CISMONTANE (NZ)
5yo Gelding
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
BEAU MERTENS
50.0
$41.00
14th  23. AMELIE'S STAR (AUS)
6yo Mare
DARREN WEIR
DEAN YENDALL
51.0
$21.00
15th  15. BOOM TIME (AUS)
6yo Horse
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
COREY PARISH
53.0
$31.00
16th  20. WALL OF FIRE (IRE)
4yo Horse
H PALMER
CRAIG WILLIAMS
53.0
$11.00
17th  19. SINGLE GAZE (AUS)
5yo Mare
NICK OLIVE
KATHY O'HARA
53.0
$31.00
18th  14. US ARMY RANGER (IRE)
4yo Horse
JOSEPH O'BRIEN
J P SPENCER
53.5
$67.00
19th  3. HUMIDOR (NZ)
5yo Gelding
DARREN WEIR
BLAKE SHINN
56.0
$11.00
20th  1. HARTNELL (GB)
6yo Gelding
JAMES CUMMINGS
DAMIAN LANE
57.5
$26.00
21st  10. VENTURA STORM (IRE)
4yo Horse
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
GLEN BOSS
54.0
$31.00
22nd  8. BONDI BEACH (IRE)
5yo Gelding
ROBERT HICKMOTT
MICHAEL WALKER
54.0
$67.00
23rd  16. GALLANTE (IRE)
6yo Gelding
ROBERT HICKMOTT
MICHAEL DEE
53.0
$101.00

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