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It's Dunaden - by a nose hair

Last-minute replacement jockey Christophe Lemaire has won the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup on French horse Dunaden by the narrowest of margins from English stayer Red Cadeaux.

Lemaire only arrived in Australia yesterday on standby for Melbourne jockey Craig Williams who was unsuccessful in appealing a suspension that prevented him from riding in the Cup.

"This is unbelievable. Craig is a very good friend of mine," an emotional Lemaire said.

It was the second year in a row that a French horse had won our greatest race after Americain was victorious last year.

Red Cadeaux ridden by 2007 winning jockey Michael Rodd hit the lead close to the winning post but was unable to withstand the flying Dunaden.

A photo was required to determine the winner with Dunaden winning by the narrowest of margins.

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Lucas Cranach, ridden by Corey Brown, was third while Americain finished powerfully to place fourth.

Modun came last.

Dunaden's trainer Mike Delzangles, who was having his first runner in the race, said he was still shaking - "it's amazing".

"I feel for Craig [Williams] and have to thank him because he has been a real help,'' he said.

with Andrew Garvey

1st - 3 - DUNADEN - Christophe Lemaire

2nd - 12 - RED CADEAUX - Michael Rodd

3rd - 9 - LUCAS CRANACH - Corey Brown

4th - 1 - AMERICAIN - Gerald Mosse

5th - 6 - MANIGHAR - Damien Oliver

6th - 15 - LOST IN THE MOMENT - William Buick

7th - 8 - FOX HUNT - Silvestre De Sousa

8th - 23 - NIWOT - Dean Yendall

9th - 7 - UNUSUAL SUSPECT - Brad Rawiller

10th - 17 - AT FIRST SIGHT - Steven King

11th - 11 - PRECEDENCE - Darren Beadman

12th - 4 - DRUNKEN SAILOR - Dwayne Dunn

13th - 21 - THE VERMINATOR - Craig Newitt

14th - 22 - TULLAMORE - Chris Munce

15th - 18 - MOYENNE CORNICHE - Brett Prebble

16th - 19 - SAPTAPADI - Chris Symons

17th - 24 - OLDER THAN TIME - Tim Clark

18th - 13 - HAWK ISLAND - Glyn Schofield

19th - 14 - ILLO - Jim Cassidy

20th - 2 - JUKEBOX JURY - Neil Callan

21st - 20 - SHAMROCKER - Luke Nolen

22nd - 5 - GLASS HARMONIUM - Lisa Cropp

23rd - 16 - Kerrin McEvoy