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The 2017 Melbourne Cup was built up as one of the best editions of the great race in recent memory and it certainly lived up to the hype, with more history created on the first Tuesday in November.

Since the win of Vintage Crop in 1993, over 50 horses trained overseas had attempted to win the Melbourne Cup at their first Australian start, with several placings being the best result, but no wins. That all changed in 2017 when Rekindling, trained by Joseph O’Brien, son of champion trainer Aidan, swept home down the outside to nab Johannes Vermeer near the line, with that pair drawing right away from the remaining 21 rivals.

The win was laced with history making deeds. He became the first horse to win the Cup without an Australian lead up run. It was also sweet for O’Brien, who himself was a former champion jockey during his short stint. He became the youngest winning trainer of the Melbourne Cup, at just 24 years of age, quite a remarkable effort considering the effort and plans that go into place for the contest.

The win was also very satisfying for Lloyd Williams. He owned both Rekindling and Johannes Vermeer to finish the Cup with a 1-2 finish, something we haven’t seen since the days of Bart Cummings. It was his sixth win in the great and proved once again that he has the best eye for a race horse when it comes to the Melbourne Cup.

Rekindling was ridden by Corey Brown, and the win meant alot to the veteran hoop. He had won the Cup previously in 2009 when steering Shocking to victory and shortly after took up a riding stint in Singapore, where he enjoyed pretty good success before coming back to Australia a couple of years ago, where he struggled early on for decent rides, but momentum came and so did a big win earlier in 2017 via the Sydney Cup and Polarisation, a ride which was a major factor for why Williams chose him to ride.

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