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Shocking claims Melbourne Cup win

By Frank Keogh

Shocking beats Crime Scene in the Melbourne Cup
Shocking reeled in long-time leader Crime Scene

Shocking thwarted an historic victory as he beat British-trained outsider Crime Scene to win the Melbourne Cup.

The 9-1 winner, trained locally by Mark Kavanagh and ridden by Corey Brown, won by three-quarters of a length after a thrilling duel at Flemington.

Crime Scene, a 40-1 chance trained by Godolphin's Saeed bin Suroor in Newmarket, was bidding to become the first horse trained in Britain to win.

Mourilyan (20-1), owned by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, was third.

Crime Scene is the fifth horse trained in Britain to finish second in the famous contest known as the 'race that stops a nation'.

Fellow British raiders Munsef (12th) and Basaltico (18th) finished down the field.

Despite his name, Shocking was among the favourites for the Aus$5.5m (£3.05m) race, watched by a bumper crowd of 102,161, and paid a dividend of 8.90 to local punters.

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The three-year-old had won the Lexus Handicap only three days earlier.

Jockey Brown was gaining compensation after losing out to Viewed in 2008 by just a nose aboard Bauer, trained in Newmarket by Luca Cumani.

"I'm so happy, This is obviously the race that stops a nation, it's every jockey's dream and my dream has just come true - I can't believe it," said Brown, who was also runner-up on Mr Prudent in 2002 and third with Lahar in 1999.

"I travelled three-deep without cover the whole race, I tried to squeeze my way round the back and couldn't do so.

"I got a bit of cover from the Godolphin mount in the straight and waited for a little bit. I challenged again and then I just went for home.

Trainer Mark Kavanagh and jockey Corey Brown with the Melburne Cup
Kavanagh and Brown celebrate with the Melbourne Cup

"It's a terrific job from both Mark and the horse."

But it was heartbreak for the Godolphin operation, owned by Sheikh Mohammed, whose stallion Street Cry sired the winner.

Their supposed main hope for the 2009 Melbourne Cup, Kirklees - due to be ridden by Frankie Dettori - was ruled out of the race on Saturday.

For a long way, it looked as though the stable's so-called second string, Crime Scene, might make history for rider Kerrin McEvoy.

As he burst for the line in the gruelling 23-runner handicap, Brown swooped on Shocking, who was carrying 5lbs less than the eventual runner-up.

"He ran a great race and gave us a good thrill. The other horse headed me at the furlong but my horse really let go well," said McEvoy.

It was a third second for Godolphin in the Melbourne Cup, following on from Central Park in 1999 and Give The Slip in 2001.

Trainer Bin Suroor said: "Crime Scene ran a great race.

"The blinkers he was wearing for the first time in a race made a difference - he was more focused as he had shown when working in them on Saturday. Also the two miles suited him very well.

"Crime Scene had a nice position all the way and Kerrin have him a good ride. For a second in the straight, I thought he was going to win but he was beaten by a better horse."

Mourilyan, formerly trained by Gary Moore in Sussex but now with South African Herman Brown, ran on for third, with Master O'Reilly in fourth.

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Vintage Crop in 1993 and Media Puzzle (2002), both trained in Ireland by Dermot Weld, remain the only European winners of the Melbourne Cup.

There was controversy before the 2009 running when Changingoftheguard, formerly trained by Aidan O'Brien, was withdrawn.

Current trainer, Australian David Hayes, branded race stewards "knuckleheads" after they ruled the Ebor Handicap runner-up was lame with a foot abcess.

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see also
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Veteran trainer goes for 13th Melbourne Cup
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Dettori & Kirklees miss Melbourne
31 Oct 09 |  Horse Racing
Viewed edges Bauer for Cup glory
04 Nov 08 |  Horse Racing

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