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Fiorente Battles Hard to Claim Emirates Melbourne Cup

November 7, 2013 Photo Gallery No Comments Email Email

Fiorente, ran like a true favourite to go one place better than last year to win the 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse, Australia, on the first Tuesday in November.

Trained by Gai Waterhouse and ridden by Damien Oliver, Fiorente fought a hard battle with eventual runner-up British challenger Red Cadeaux, trained by Ed Dunlop. Fellow international raider Mount Athos, from the stable of Luca Cumani stayed on for third.

The AUS$6.2 million, 3,200 metre Emirates Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest handicap and this year saw a full 24 horse field.

Celebrating its tenth year as the title sponsor of the ‘Race That Stops a Nation’, Emirates hosted an all-star cast of celebrity and corporate guests in its inspirational  Dubai-themed marquee.

Trackside, Emirates played host to celebrity guests including international model, Kate Upton and pop sensation, Geri Halliwell, inside its Dubai-themed marquee which celebrates Emirates’ global hub and the city bidding to host the World Expo 2020.

The opulent surroundings of Emirates’  marquee is inspired by the east meets west city, from the Dubai desert and traditional architecture to the red, gold and white synonymous with Emirati culture, offering an unparalleled hospitality experience and the finest views of the on-track action.

“The Emirates Melbourne Cup has again provided an exciting race and a celebration that has captured the interest of the world and confirmed its claim as the race that stops a nation,” said Barry Brown, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations East.

“We are proud to celebrate 10 years as principle partner of the Emirates Melbourne Cup and a 16-year association with the Victoria Racing Club, an integral part of our extensive global portfolio of sponsorships,” said Mr Brown.

“Sport transcends all in Australia and we firmly believe the Emirates Melbourne Cup is an ideal platform to engage with those that appreciate the highest level of sport and entertainment.”

“We celebrate Dubai at this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival, our home and one of the most cosmopolitan travel destinations on our network of 137 destinations,” Mr Brown concluded.

Emirates’ marquee guests also enjoyed some Emirati entertainment including special performances by the Dubai-based Arabic dancers from the Ornina Theatrical Dance Group.

The all-new One & Only Spa joined the marquee in 2013, offering guests a selection of hand and foot treatments, with two beauty therapists from Dubai on hand to pamper the marquee’s enviable VIP guest list.

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