Dunaden won the 2011 Melbourne Cup by the very narrowest of margins at Flemington Racecourse yesterday November 1, 2011.
The French stayer won the race by millimetres ahead of the fast finishing Red Cadeaux.
Lucas Cranach rounded out the placings in third, while Americain ran on well for fourth.
Dunaden’s owner Sheik Fahad al Thani, who himself is reasonably new to racing, was overwhelmed with joy after the race.
“It is massive, I don’t think there is a bigger race to win,” Sheikh Fahad said.
“I am truly lucky to have done it in my second year, many people spend a lifetime trying to win this race.”
Jockey Christophe Lemaire was given the winning Melbourne Cup ride aboard Dunaden after Craig Williams lost his appeal against a ten meeting suspension he received a week ago.
“I am very thankful for Christophe and I am sorry for Craig,” Sheikh Fahad said.
“Christophe has a cool head, he walked the track and got a few pointers and he executed it perfectly.
“He’s a very calm man, he didn’t press the button too early … a magnificent ride.”
Dunaden won a whopping $3.6 million in prize money for his 2011 Melbourne Cup win.
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