2014 Melbourne Cup

The 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup was the 154th running of the Melbourne Cup, Australia's most prestigious Thoroughbred horse race. The race, run over 3,200 metres, was held on 4 November 2014, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Protectionist, ridden by Ryan Moore and trained by German Andreas Wöhler, won the race by four lengths, becoming the first German-trained winner of the Melbourne Cup. Red Cadeaux placed second and Who Shot Thebarman third, with Red Cadeaux the first horse to place second on three occasions.

2014 Melbourne Cup
Melbourne Cup
LocationFlemington Racecourse
Melbourne, Australia
Date4 November 2014
Winning horseProtectionist
JockeyRyan Moore
TrainerAndreas Wohler
SurfaceGrass
Attendance100,794[1]

The total prize money for the race was A$6.2 million, with the winner receiving $3.6 million,[2] as well as a solid gold trophy valued at $175,000.[3] Hosted by the Victoria Racing Club, the Melbourne Cup was one of four major Group-1 races held at Flemington during the Spring Racing Carnival (the others being the Victoria Derby, the Crown Oaks, and the Emirates Stakes). An estimated $800 million was wagered on the race,[4] which was attended by 100,794 people.[5]

Field

The field for the 2014 Melbourne Cup consisted of 24 horses,[6] with the barrier draw conducted three days prior to the race, after the conclusion of the Victoria Derby meeting.[7] The field was one of the oldest in the race's history, with an average age of 6.8 years. Unusually, only two horses in the race were bred in Australia, though a majority of trainers and jockeys were from Australia.[8] Jockeys Glyn and Chad Schofield became the first father and son in the race since 1968, when George and Gary Moore both rode.[9]

Sea Moon was scratched the day before the race, after suffering from an ailment.[10] English horse Cavalryman was scratched on the morning of the race due to foreleg swelling.[11]

HorseTrainer(s)JockeyWeightBarrierPlace
1Admire Rakti Tomoyuki UmedaZac Purton58.5 kg822
2CavalrymanSaeed bin SuroorCraig Williams57 kg3SCR
3FawknerRobert HickmottNicholas Hall57 kg910
4Red CadeauxEd DunlopGérald Mossé57 kg152
5ProtectionistAndreas WöhlerRyan Moore56.5 kg111
6Sea MoonRobert HickmottTommy Berry56.5 kg18SCR
7SeismosMarco BottiCraig Newitt56 kg19
8JunoobChris WallerHugh Bowman55.5 kg718
9Royal DiamondJohnny MurtaghSteven Arnold55.5 kg620
10GatewoodJohn GosdenWilliam Buick55 kg2112
11Mutual RegardJohnny MurtaghDamien Oliver55 kg1214
12Who Shot ThebarmanChris WallerGlen Boss55 kg133
13Willing FoeSaeed bin SuroorJames McDonald55 kg175
14My AmbivalentRoger VarianAndrea Atzeni54.5 kg417
15Precedence
Bart Cummings
James Cummings
Michael Rodd54.5 kg196
16BramblesPeter MoodyLuke Nolen54 kg2015
17Mr O'CeirinMichael MoroneyChad Schofield54 kg1821
18Au RevoirAndré FabreGlyn Schofield53.5 kg228
19LidariPeter MoodyBen Melham53.5 kg1019
20OpinionChris WallerTye Angland53.5 kg1411
21AraldoMichael MoroneyDwayne Dunn53 kg237
22Lucia ValentinaKris LeesKerrin McEvoy53 kg213
23Unchain My Heart
David Hayes
Tom Dabernig
Dean Yendall51.5 kg516
24SignoffDarren WeirJoão Moreira51 kg164

Indicates race favourite

Fatalities

Race favourite Admire Rakti placed last and died shortly after the race from cardiac arrest following ventricular fibrillation.[12] Another horse, Araldo, shattered a hind pastern when frightened by a spectator after the race.[13] He was later euthanised.[14]

See also

References

  1. "Track records and Attendances". Flemington.com.au. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. Phil McManus (30 October 2014). "2014 Melbourne Cup can become 'the race that stops the whip'"The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  3. (3 November 2014). "Racing royalty ready for Cup parade" – Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  4. "Melbourne Cup 2014: 2,000 bets a second as we splurge $800m on Cup" The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  5. Neale Donnelley (4 November 2014). "Melbourne Cup crowd tops 100,000" Archived 4 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine – Racing Network. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  6. Franklin, Daniel (3 November 2013). "Melbourne Cup: 2014 field, form guide, and sweep". ABC News. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  7. "2014 Melbourne Cup". HorseRacingInfo.com.au. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  8. Daniel Franklin, Simon Elvery, and Ben Spraggon. "Melbourne Cup 2014: What makes a winner?" – ABC News. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  9. Ray Thomas (2 November 2014). "Melbourne Cup 2014: Glyn and Chad Schofield create own piece of history"The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  10. Rod Nicholson (3 November 2014). "Melbourne Cup: Sea Moon scratched from big race"Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  11. Newman, Paul (4 November 2014). "Melbourne Cup: Admire Rakti remains favourite; English galloper Cavalryman scratched".
  12. "Melbourne Cup 2014 result: Protectionist wins the race – as it happened". Guardian. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  13. "Melbourne Cup 2014: Last-placed Admire Rakti dies". smh.com.au. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  14. "Melbourne Cup 2014: Araldo loses fight after being spooked post-race and fracturing leg". Fox Sports.
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