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100,794 people witness Protectionist win 2014 Melbourne Cup at Flemington

melbourne-cup-protectionistThe Melbourne Cup Carnival’s hallmark event, the Emirates Melbourne Cup, attracted 100,794 racegoers to Flemington today to celebrate the ‘race that stops a nation™’.

Protectionist cemented its name in history today when Ryan Moore rode the Andreas Wohler trained horse to claim Germany’s first Emirates Melbourne Cup and the lion share of the $6.2 million prize pool.

The evergreen Red Cadeaux, ridden by Gerald Mosse and trained by Ed Dunlop, finished second for a heartbreaking third time in its fourth – and almost certainly final – start in the race.

Three-time Cup winning jockey Glen Boss finished third on the Chris Waller trained Who Shot Thebarman.

Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Acting Chief Executive Julian Sullivan said Emirates Melbourne Cup Day lived up to its reputation as Australia’s most celebrated sporting event.

“Flemington was at its best for the 154th running of the Emirates Melbourne Cup with perfect weather, exhilarating racing, fabulous fashion and entertainment attracting a strong crowd to the track for the illustrious race,” said Mr Sullivan.

Hundreds of beautifully dressed women competed in the Myer Fashions on the Field with Christine Spielmann, 28, from Holtze in the Northern Territory crowned the Women’s Racewear title for Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.

Ms Spielmann wore a bright blue, lime, emerald green and black bespoke Nadia Foti ensemble with a blue laser-cut, anodized aluminum millinery piece by Joanna Roberts and black accessories and will now compete on Crown Oaks Day for the Victorian title.

The VRC’s invitation-only Design Award was presented to Victorian Anthony Capon, 30, who showcased a black and white check-print on model Ellie Lemons with pink hair accentuated by a draped large bow on the right shoulder, Tony Bianco shoes and an Olga Berg clutch.

VRC and Emirates special guest, international model Gigi Hadid, was stunning on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day in a custom designed blush pink Alex Perry outfit with an embellished Hat Maker head piece among a flurry of local and international celebrities in the Birdcage enclosure.

The exclusive Birdcage also hosted Ronn Moss, Jordan and Zac Stenmark, Kate Waterhouse, Frances Abbott and Spandau Ballet at Emirates; Erykah Badu at Lavazza; Rich Sommer at Bar Schweppes, Lleyton and Bec Hewitt at Swisse; Cadel Evans at House of Boag’s; and Bambi Northwood-Blyth at G.H. Mumm.

Metro reported that more than 52,910 racegoers travelled by train to Flemington.

Mr Sullivan extended the VRC’s sympathies to the connections of Admire Rakti, which passed away suddenly in its stall.

“The VRC has welcomed many international visitors who accept the challenge to win the race that stops a nation and is saddened that Admire Rakti’s campaign ended in this way,” Mr Sullivan said.

The 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival will continue on Thursday with Crown Oaks Day, where the Fashions on the Field Victorian winner will be crowned with more than 65,000 expected for the Carnival’s ‘Ladies Day’.

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