11/03/2009 12:00AM

Shocking catches Crime Scene in Melbourne Cup


Shocking kept the foreign raiders at bay with a three-quarters of a length triumph over Crime Scene in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington in Australia on Tuesday. Mourilyan came from almost last in the final quarter-mile to claim third, 1 1/2 lengths farther back.

The Melbourne Cup was the second race in four days for Shocking, who had won a Group 3 handicap at 1 5/8 miles at Flemington on Saturday, ridden by Michael Robb. But Robb could not make 112 pounds for the big race and the ride went to Corey Brown, who had been beaten a nose by Viewed when he rode Bauer in last year's Melbourne Cup.

Shocking ran the two miles on soft going in 3:23.87.

Shocking is a 4-year-old son of the 2002 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, who shuttles from Kentucky to Australia. Street Cry is owned by Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, who owns runner-up Crime Scene.

Crime Scene, who led inside the last quarter-mile until headed by the winner 150 yards from home, was the third horse in the sheikh's Godolphin blue colors to finish second in the past 11 runnings of the Melbourne Cup.

Mark Kavanagh, who trains the 9-1 winner, moved to Flemington three years ago and has proved a big success. He won the 2008 Cox Plate with Maldivian and the Caulfield Guineas with Whobegotyou as well as four Group 1 events with Divine Madonna.

"Shocking was trapped deep all the way and I didn't give him a hope," Kavanagh said. "But he went so good on Saturday and he's come to himself at the right time."

Alcopop, the favorite on the strength of 5 wins in his last 6 races, came to dispute fourth inside the final furlong before fading to finish sixth, one place in front of last year's winner, Viewed.