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Makybe Diva wins consecutive Cups

Reporter: Guy Stayner

TONY JONES: Well, to the Melbourne Cup now and Makybe Diva is the first mare in history to win the
race twice.

The heavily backed favourite flew home with its trademark finish - a length ahead of the Irish
stayer Vinnie Roe.

The 100-1 long-shot Zazzman was third.

From Melbourne Guy Stayner reports.

GUY STAYNER: For those prepared to gamble on the ominous weather forecast for the Melbourne Cup,
they cashed in on a glorious morning.

And judging the outfits of many, it was just as well.

WOMAN: We were praying to our angels, "Please bring the sunshine."

GUY STAYNER: Some rolled in while bright colours, flowers and feathers dominated the fashions as
hundreds lined up to enter Fashions on the Field.

WOMAN #2: They're just so colourful this year.

PETER JAGO, FASHION JUDGE: Fashion is about expressing yourself totally at the Melbourne Cup.

GUY STAYNER: Flemington even provided the pleasant surprise of seeing four legs in a double.

Shelley Bledsoe was blown away as the Fashions on the Field winner.

But while bright was the order of the day, black was still beautiful.

GIRL: It always is.

ALEX DIMITRIADES, ACTOR: I don't know a single thing about what's going on today.

I'm just here for the party.

GUY STAYNER: There were fewer novelty outfits than usual.

But plenty were still out to have fun.

BOOKMAKER: $200,000 to $16,000 each way.

Pacific Dancer.

GUY STAYNER: But it's not beer and skittles for everyone at Flemington.

BOOKMAKER: Where the - is he?

One of my staff members decided to go to the toilet.

He's the bagman, most important bloke of the day.

So anyway, he's had his arse kicked.

GUY STAYNER: The vocabulary of Eliza Doolittle was nowhere to be heard in the sponsor marquees,
even though one was themed 'My Fair Lady'.

On the track, Darren Beadman and Blake Shinn both had their problems but were declared fit to ride
in the Cup.

All the while the storm clouds were brewing and then it hit.

Wind gusts created a dust storm.

Punters were sent rushing for cover.

Sheltered areas became mosh pits.

And when the dust finally settled, it was time to race.

Last year's winner, Makybe Diva, was the clear favourite from Irish champion Vinnie Roe, the only
two horses paying under $10.

RACE CALLER: Racing in the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

GUY STAYNER: Don Raphael took up the running but as they started the run home there were two horses
that stood out.

And, for once, the punters were on the money.

RACE CALLER: Here comes Vinnie Roe, Elvstroem coming with him, Makybe Diva - she's got right up on
the inside, Makybe Diva.

She's hit the front now from Vinnie Roe and Zazzman.

It's Makybe Diva clear - she's out by two lengths to Vinnie Roe.

It's Makybe Diva clear and she's going to do what no mare has ever done.

Makybe Diva wins it again!

GUY STAYNER: Makybe Diva became the first mare to ever win consecutive Cups and the first horse
since Think Big 30 years ago.

It was trainer Lee Freedman's fourth Cup after taking over Makybe Diva from David Hall, who moved
to Hong Kong.

LEE FREEDMAN, WINNING TRAINER: She's one of the greats.

She's one of the greatest mares to race in this country, to be able to do that today on that ground
with the weight.

Fantastic racehorse.

GUY STAYNER: Jockey Glen Boss was overcome with two in a row.

GLEN BOSS, WINNING JOCKEY: She just given me the best ride again.

You know, it's just one of those things - I felt when I got to the 2,000m mark, I thought, "I'm in
that same spot again".

GUY STAYNER: At least having the favourite salute should see many punters able to replace their
destroyed umbrellas and muddied stilettos.

Guy Stayner, Lateline.