Jockeys line up before the Melbourne Cup as the clouds gather over Flemington. Photo: Getty Images
1. Just 50 metres after the start, the topweight, defending champion and the race's $7 favourite Dunaden clips heels and nearly falls when crossing down towards the rails.
2. Ethiopia shifts ground 300 metres after the start and interferes with Green Moon and Kelinni. His rider Rhys McLeod is later suspended for 12 meetings
3. Glencadam Gold assumes his normal role in front and takes the field down the home straight the first time at a good clip. Lights Of Heaven sits on his outside ahead of Kelinni and Ethiopia. Mourayan is next on the rails and right behind him with cover is stablemate Green Moon.
4. Luke Nolen on Lights Of Heaven shifts ground at the winning post the first time, causing interference to Kelinni and Mourayan. Nolan is suspended for 12 meetings.
5. Damien Oliver works Americain from a wide barrier to sit on the rails in the first half of the field - the closest he's ever been in six starts in Australia - by the time the field turned out of the home straight.
6. At the 800 metre mark, Ethiopia, who was involved in the earlier scrimmage, drops out and falls back into the face of Americain, who in turn shifts ground and hampers Mount Athos.
7. At the same time, James McDonald on Fiorente makes heavy contact to Sanagas on two occasions. Sanagas' rider Nicholas Hall becomes unbalanced and loses his iron. McDonald is outed for 14 meetings.
8. Hugh Bowman produces Mourayan to challenge on the home turn but as soon as he looms, he struggles. Coming off his back is stablemate Green Moon, who rushes to the leaders and goes for home.
9. Fiorente and Jakkalberry make late runs from midfield but cannot run down Green Moon. Kelinni holds on well for fourth and Mount Athos makes up many lengths late for a luckless fifth.
What the jockeys said
"It's a lifelong dream. I was very confident at the mile, then at the 1200 [metres] I thought the only thing that could get him beaten was his stamina if he didn't stay the trip."
"At the top of the straight I thought all my Christmases had come at once but it wasn't meant to be.''
"Delighted with him. We always thought he'd put up a big performance and he showed what a good horse he is."
"He gave me a great ride, he lacked class when Green Moon put a gap on me but he toughed it out.''
"The pace was too slow for me.''
"I felt the winner at the top of the straight. He got found out in the last 200."
"I had a good run in the race, he raced a little bit keen throughout but no excuses really.''
"He ran amazing. They just went too steady but he finished it off really well, he's gutsy.''
"It was the run of his career, he had a good run in transit and found the line really strongly.''
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"Probably should've finished three or four lengths closer. The tempo took him out of his comfort zone.''
"The slow pace was against him. They really outsprinted him with the big weight.''
"He had a good run but felt the ground.''
"I nearly fell off at the start. He probably needs weight-for-age and a bit shorter distance now.''
"He just hasn't bounced back from Caulfield."
Lights Of Heaven
"He was really fired up and never got into it at all.''
"It wasn't my best ride but he may not have the turn of foot required for Australian racing.''
"He raced well below anywhere near what he's been doing and struggled a long way from home.''
"I was very happy with the first part of the race but when they quickened he didn't let down in the ground.''
"I went back from a wide gate but the slow tempo didn't suit him.''
"Disappointing. We had a good run at the back of the field but we never seemed to make any ground.''
Tac De Boistron
"I put him in a good spot but I was travelling a bit too easy and wish I had a bit more rain.''
"Once I asked for an effort he just had no drive from behind ... I'm tipping that they'll find something wrong.''