While the Dermot Weld trained Galileo’s Choice faded badly in the final furlongs, Irish-bred horses dominated the Melbourne Cup.
Remarkably, the first seven horses to finish the Cup – and eight of the top ten – were bred in Ireland.
Winner Green Moon was bred in Ireland and raced in Britain until 2010 when he was brought to Australia by owner Lloyd Williams.
Runner-up Fiorente followed a similar path while Jakkalberry (third), Kellini (fourth), Mount Athos (fifth), Glencadam Gold (sixth) and Mourayan (seventh) were all foaled in Ireland.
Top Irish trainer Dermot Weld said his horse Galileo’s Choice had run well but the hard track did not suit him.
“We had thunder and lightning but, unfortunately, no rain,” said Weld after the race.
“If we’d had a drop of rain he could have been in the first three.”
The Irish flavour on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington was embellished at the Emirates Marquee which was themed ‘Dublin’ and designed to resemble the Long Room at Trinity College.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, a proud Dubliner, was spotted among the revellers at the marquee.
Emirates and Qantas recently unveiled plans to codeshare flights to Europe via Dubai.
Mr Joyce sat with visiting British royal Prince Charles to watch the race.
At the Emirates Marquee, politicians and celebrities were also among the throng enjoying the Irish-inspired treats including oat biscuit with Cashel blue cheese and red onion marmalade,classic Irish stew made from Murray Valley spring lamb and ‘Dublin Bay’ prawns.
Among those enjoying the hospitality were Irish American actress Mischa Barton, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, ministers Anthony Albanese and Martin Ferguson and a raft of Australian TV stars and celebrities.
President-elect of the Irish Australian Chamber Of Commerce Colin Egan was there along with the incumbent Brian Shanahan who fell short in his recent bid to become Melbourne Lord Mayor.