Melbourne Cup 2016: What the winning jockey said

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Melbourne Cup duck might span nearly three decades now, but McEvoy argued Godolphin won't be waiting too much longer to nab the most coveted prize in Australian racing.

After Hartnell, Qewy was next best of the Godolphin runners in claiming fourth with Who Shot Thebarman winding up fifth.

The official margins were a long head and 41/4 lengths.

Almandin, blue colours with red cap, beats Heartbreak City, yellow, in the 2016 Melbourne Cup at Flemington. We travel wherever the horse goes and it's one big social thing for us.

"Its a dream come true, " said McEvoy as he and Almandin returned to an ovation from the big crowd. The day of the Melbourne Cup is a public holiday in the state of Victoria so residents can watch the race.

While Australians wagered more than $140 million on Tuesday's Cup, Williams did not have a bet, channelling his money into buying horses like the victor Almandin from Europe.

Heartbreak City, ridden by Joao Moreira, the "magic man" from Brazil nearly pulled off a daring coup for Irish trainer Tony Martin, who had won England's equivalent, the Ebor Handicap, at his last start.

Despite agonizingly losing out to German gelding Almandin in a thrilling Melbourne Cup finale, Shiels celebrated as if he'd galloped to victory himself.

Jake McEvoy, the six-year-old son of Cathy and Kerrin McEvoy, asked his mother the other day if it was likely that any other fathers in his school class would be riding in the Melbourne Cup.

McEvoy thanked Williams for "having faith in me".

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"He begged me to give me a ride on him", he said. "So he's gone through thick and thin with me", he said. I am a Melburnian.

Williams also said circumstances had also conspired to ensure his father was at Flemington.

The Melbourne Cup is Australia's richest and most famous race, with the nation transfixed as a field of global and local talent compete for the A$3.6 million (US$2.75 million) prize.

After training Green Moon to victory in 2012, Hickmott (pictured with winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy) now has as many Cup wins as AFL games he played with Melbourne in 1990.

"I'm very proud of the horse".

"We have got a great staff up there".

"We're good friends. We drink, we go out, holidays together, do it for the craic [laugh], that's what it is", he said.

"If we have to lock him up until next year, he's coming back here next year, all being well".

Rose of Virginia finished last.

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