French horse Dunaden has won the 2011 Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on November 1, 2011.
The six-year-old entire won the race ahead of Red Cadeaux by the skin of his teeth in what was the smallest winning margin in Melbourne Cup history.
Lucas Cranach held on for a gallant third, while last year’s winner and race favourite Americain sprinted home for fourth.
Dunaden’s owner, Sheik Fahad al Thani, was thrilled to have won his Melbourne Cup at age 22 and after only 18 years in the thoroughbred industry.
“It is massive, I don’t think there is a bigger race to win,” Sheikh Fahad said.
“I am truly lucky to have done it in my second year, many people spend a lifetime trying to win this race.”
“(Jockey) Christophe (Lemaire) has a cool head, he walked the track and got a few pointers and he executed it perfectly.
“He’s a very calm man, he didn’t press the button too early … a magnificent ride.”
Trainer Mikel Delzangles believes Dunaden may in fact be back to defend his title in next year’s Melbourne Cup.
“If he’s well he’ll come back next year,” Delzangles said.
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