11/05/2013 11:53AM

Melbourne Cup: Fiorente connects as 6-1 favorite

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Fiorente gave favorite backers and trainer Gai Waterhouse reasons to celebrate with his win in Tuesday’s $5,658,000 Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Australia.

Fiorente won the two-mile handicap as the 6-1 favorite, the first winning favorite in Australia’s most famous race since Makybe Diva won the race for third consecutive year in 2005.

A 5-year-old Irish-bred horse by Monsun, Fiorente gave Waterhouse, one of Australia’s leading trainers, her first career win in the Melbourne Cup, which drew a field of 24.

Ridden by Damien Oliver, Fiorente raced in midpack for the first 1 1-2 miles. Oliver guided Fiorente to the outside in early stretch and took the lead with a quarter-mile remaining, winning by three-quarters of a length. Red Cadeaux, second by a nose in the 2011 Melbourne Cup, led in early stretch and held second at 60-1, finishing 1 1-2 lengths in front of Mount Athos.

Dandino, who won the American St. Leger at Arlington Park in August, finished fifth. The 4-year-old filly Verema, the winner of two Group 2 races in France in the summer, broke down badly in the first mile and was euthanized.

Fiorente races for a partnership. He was second in the 2012 Melbourne Cup in his first start in Australia. Earlier in his career, Fiorente raced in England where he won the Group 2 Princess of Wales’s Goldsmiths Stakes at Newmarket in July 2012. Fiorente was a Group 2 winner in Australia in September, and was third in the Group 1 Cox Plate over 1 1-4 miles on turf on Oct. 26.

chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Another piece of fine Horsemanship - from a Lady! Well done.
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
REAL THOROUGHBREDS....not these sprinters and milers...
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Just what I was thinking! Nice to see these type of races. Love them!
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
How is it that horses in Australia can run marathon races only days apart? Unthinkable in North America. Is it some combination of the training and that they only really run the last part of a race?
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
On the one hand this was a wonderful race and it was awesome to see the huge, very happy crowd. Interesting that Fiorente was the first Cup winner trained by a woman and they mentioned he had been second last year... all just like Mucho Macho Man. On the other hand, it was disconcerting to see that the commentary did not mention the fatal breakdown of the filly Verema at all. I only realized something had happened because the winning jockey rode his horse right past the infamous green screen... which was also odd, because unless the filly had been removed from the track by that point, he was coming very close to an accident scene and potentially getting in the way or spooking his own mount, not to mention that I hope most people wouldn't be quite so blase about the situation. At least the commentary at the BC mentioned the accident to Secret Compass.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
I was going to comment about the very same thing, why in the world are they interviewing the winner and filming it just right in front where Verema broke down. When I saw the green tarp, I just had to turn it off.
Peter Siipola More than 1 year ago
Red Cadeaux at 60-1----what a price----
martymar . More than 1 year ago
totally slipped my mine he came in 2nd in Dubai Cup. But then again I had Planteur finishing 3rd in my Tri in Classic and he didn't do well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
50 to 1 in NA pool where I had a token show bet on him (and a win bet on Dandino). I've been a regular for this race since hitting a $7900 super in 2009 on a $6 ticket keying a nine horse field [which they used back then] over three horses - one a "B" and two "Cs". The best part of the story is that at the top of the stretch a field horse and the "B" were in contention but the "Cs" were midpack and next to last so I switched the TV to the Yankee playoff game and didn't know I had won until hours later when I watched on my DVR and saw the midpack C make up about eight lengths and the other about fifteen to finish second and fourth behind a winning field horse!
Ann More than 1 year ago
He was second in the race two years ago, won the Hong Kong Cup and the Yorkshire Cup (2800m) last year, second in the Dubai Cup, the Tenno Sho (3200m) and Geoffrey Freer S (2700m) this year. Horse is a warrior.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Two mile handicap, DAM!!!!
Ann More than 1 year ago
We used to have them. The New York H was 2 1/4 mile handicap when Stymie won it; Aqueduct used to run the 2 1/4-mile Display the first weekend in December, following up on the 2-mile wfa Jockey Club Gold Cup with the 1 5/8-mile Gallant Fox as a prep. Saratoga and Pimlico had Cup races - beyond the classic distances of 10f-12f. The San Juan Capistrano was once a dirt race a 1 3/4; the Lawrence Realization was the REAL American St. Leger at 1 3/4 on dirt. In case you haven't noticed, the NYRA has been the primary mover in cutting back the distances of major American stakes races.