True to its reputation as ‘the race that stops a nation’TM, the Emirates Melbourne Cup has once again delivered an incredible result for trainer Robert Hickmott, with jockey Kerrin McEvoy riding Almandin to victory in a nail biting finish.
Run over 3200 metres, the Emirates Melbourne Cup offers the richest prize in Australian sport and a 18ct solid gold trophy valued at $175,000.
Barry Brown, Emirates’ Divisional Vice President for Australasia, presented the Emirates Melbourne Cup to the winning connections of Almandin, which is owned Lloyd Williams and his son Nick, giving the team its fifth winner of the Melbourne Cup – an unprecedented achievement.
“The atmosphere today has been electric and we have witnessed another historic moment in racing history. This incredible race is the only true event that brings Australia together in a moment of celebration and we value the opportunity to connect with Australians and their passions through this sponsorship.
“This is our 13th year as the Principal Partner of the Emirates Melbourne Cup, and year-on-year we take great pride in this partnership,” said Mr Brown.
“This year also marks Emirates 20th year of operation in Australia, which is a proud moment for us and in recognition, we have been pleased to host a number of guests this year in our Australian inspired marquee,” said Mr Brown.
While Australians around the country celebrated the race, Emirates entertained special guest, international actress Elsa Pataky and a number of well-known Australian celebrities including Rachel Griffiths, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Marcia Hines, Molly Meldrum, Eddie Maguire, Michael Klim, Todd McKenny, Derryn Hinch and Matt Preston.
Special guest, model Samantha Downie, who is a part-owner of Heartbreak City, also watched her horse take out a thrilling second place in the Cup from the terrace of the Emirates marquee.
Also flying in for the event was former Miss World Australia and Project Runway Middle East host Jessica Kahawty and tennis legend, Henri Leconte.
The heads of Australian business and politics also celebrated the moment in the Emirates marquee, including mining magnate Gina Rinehart, Lindsay Fox, The Hon. Julie Bishop and partner David Panton, Rhonda Wyllie and Jeff Browne, Anthony and Claudine Pratt, Janine Allis, Naomi Simson, and Fiona and Sidney Myer.
To celebrate the lead up to the race, Emirates partnered with Penfolds to deliver its 250 guests with the ultimate Australian experience – a taste of its iconic 2012 Grange, which was recently released to international acclaim, achieving a perfect 100-point score.
This year, Emirates collaborated with Head Designer of Bazmark Inq, Silvana Azzi Heras, who has worked alongside Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin for the past 18 years, to create a classic Australian homestead-style marquee.
Inspired by Australia’s extraordinarily vibrant and unique flora and fauna, guests of the Emirates marquee were greeted by a towering 4m Australian gumtree, which took pride of place in the centre of the marquee and 1930’s inspired Australian Art Deco furnishings with a contemporary Australian design.