As it happened: Melbourne Cup 2018
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As it happened: Melbourne Cup 2018

That's all for the 2018 Melbourne Cup blog

That's all for today's Melbourne Cup blog. 

But the day is not over for these messy punters, who are now wading their way home. 

Rhys Lynch celebrates his buck's party in soggy style at the track.

Rhys Lynch celebrates his buck's party in soggy style at the track.Credit:Justin McManus

Simone Fox Koob has been trackside all day and have been chatting with some of the most colorful characters at this year's race. 

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Melbourne Cup fashions with a tropical twist

Out by the track, NSW family Brian, Bob, Brenda, Brittany, Bridgette and Bruce Brophy travelled by car and boat to get to their first ever cup this year.

Though they were surrounded by puddles and drizzle, their matching suits brought a tropical touch to proceedings.

The family are celebrating Brittany finishing her last year of school.

 

“Rain or nothing, nothing’s going to dampen this. We’ve got the ponchos,” said father Brian.

“Rain or nothing, nothing’s going to dampen this. We’ve got the ponchos,” said father Brian.Credit:Simone Fox Koob

RSPCA statement on The Cliffsofmoher

The RSPCA has called the death of horse The Cliffsofmoher, which suffered a shoulder injury during the Melbourne Cup race and was put down, a tragedy. 

"Today's tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks thse horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality," spokeswoman Jane Speechley said. 

"The racing industry has much work to do." 

Flashback: When the Melbourne Cup coincided with a royal visit

Now the last race of the day is over and people will shortly be heading home, let's take a look at a few past Melbourne Cups. 

In 1985, the Melbourne Cup coincided with a royal visit. Prince Charles and Princess Diana were in the city at the time and managed to head over to Flemington Racecourse for the races.

Sadly for Prince Charles, his pick came second. But it was a win for charity - the winning horse's owners donated a third of the $650,000 winnings to Save the Children and the Variety Club of Australia.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana watch the Melbourne Cup in 1985.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana watch the Melbourne Cup in 1985.Credit:Fairfax Photographic

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Race 10 - The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m)

And the final winner of the day is ...

1st: Cool Passion 21.00/6.00

2nd: Princess Posh 2.90

3rd: Savatiano 1.75

Source: TAB

Flemington train timetable altered

Metro Trains is warning that trains out of Flemington Racecourse will run to an altered timetable because of flooding.

Earlier today trains were terminating at Showgrounds because of water on the tracks. 

Internationals dominate but tragedy shadows win

Triumph and tragedy marked the 2018 Melbourne Cup for the international runners with Cross Counter granting the Godolphin stable their first win in the race while The Cliffsofmoher had to be euthanised after he suffered a fractured right shoulder in running.

Peter Ryan writes the crestfallen expression on the face of Racing Victoria's international manager Paul Bloodworth as he spoke to The Cliffsofmoher's jockey Ryan Moore in the weighing area immediately after the race was in stark contrast to that on the faces of three English trainers who filled the placings.

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The moment The Cliffsofmoher was injured

This video captures the moment The Cliffsofmoher was injured during the Melbourne Cup race. 

The horse stumbled at about the 600 metre mark and was put down a short time later. 

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Race 10 - The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m)

 

The final race of the day has a late scratching of Ellicazoom.

 

Prepare to get wet... again

A lot of racegoers copped a drenching on the way into Flemington Racecourse this morning, with about 35 millimetres of rainfall - more than in September and October combined - recorded in the space of about three hours. 

And they're set to get drenched again on the way home, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The temperature is expected to drop from 20 to 15 degrees, and the skies are set to open up again.

"They actually got lucky down at the track," Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Efron said.

Ponchos, plastic bags were the fashion item of the day.

Ponchos, plastic bags were the fashion item of the day. Credit:Joe Armao

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