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Almandin wins the Emirates Melbourne Cup

Hartnell, owned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed, finished third in Australia's richest sporting event

Almandin wins the Emirates Melbourne Cup
Kerrin McEvoy riding Almandin celebrates winning race 7, the Emirates melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Getty Images)

German import Almandin won a thrilling sprint to the line to claim the A$6.2 million ($4.7m) Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday.

The seven-year-old gelding, trained by Australian Robert Hickmott, emerged at the final turn to haul in Heartbreak City in the gruelling two-mile handicap.

Heartbreak City finished second and favourite Hartnell, one of five entrants from Godolphin, finished third, continuing the frustrations of the powerful stable owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Godolphin have entered horses into the Cup since 1998 for the return of only three runner-up finishes.

Run over 3,200 metres, the Emirates Melbourne Cup offers the richest prize in Australian sport and a 18ct solid gold trophy valued at $175,000.

The win gave owner Lloyd Williams his fifth Melbourne Cup in the race's 156th running and jockey Kerrin McEvoy his second after his win on Brew in 2000.

"Jeez, he travelled well," McEvoy said from the saddle.

"How lucky am I, mate? The elation is just unreal.

"Just a dream, mate, to win my second Cup. It's just a dream come true. I love these staying races, I love the Melbourne Cup."

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