Melbourne Cup 2017 won by Sixth Favourite Rekindling
Rekindling has won the 2017 Melbourne Cup by running down Johannes Vermeer is the last 100 metres to give owner Lloyd Williams his sixth Melbourne Cup. When Almandin won in 2016, Williams moved to the head of the list for wins by an owner and this year’s win gives him a margin of two over John Tait, Etienne de Mestre and Data Tan Chin Nam.
Of that group of three, only Dato Tan Chin Nam is from the recent era, with the last win coming in 2008 with Viewed. The other two men’s wins came in the 1800s.
Rekindling jumped at $15 from a good number 4 barrier and at 51.5 kg, was the second lightest horse in the race. Only Amelie’s Star, at 51.0 kg, was lighter.
Going into the final 200 metres, it appeared that Rekindling needed every bit of the three-kilogram advantage he enjoyed over Johannes Vermeer.
Rekindling is a British horse. In the northern hemisphere, he is a three-year-old, but in Australia, he qualifies as a four-year-old. He is by Ireland’s High Chaparral from Great Britain’s’ Sitara. Much like every thoroughbred these days, it seems, the Rekindling’s lines have several connections to Canada’s Northern Dancer and Nearctic.
The time of the race was 3:21:29, which would have been beaten by Makybe Diva’s time in two of her three victories. It is nowhere near the pace set by Protectionist in 2014.
One interesting story line around the 2017 Melbourne Cup was that Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s horse, Cismontane, which got into the race only after having won the Group 3 Lexus Stakes the preceding Saturday, was on the speed for a good portion of the race.
Another was the fall experienced by jockey Joao Moreira in race four. He appearedall right following the incident, but he was not able to take his ride in the Melbourne Cup aboard Thomas Hobson.
The connections of Thomas Hobson had just over two hours to find a replacement, apprentice Ben Allen, who managed to run sixth.