今 クラスメイトが 「みたかみたか」と 息を切らしてオフィスに今入ってた。
Tuesday November 7, 04:23 PM
Japanese raider Delta Blues lifts Cup
Australia's most famous race has taken on a distinctly international flavour, with Delta Blues winning the $5 million Melbourne Cup ahead of stablemate Pop Rock in a Japanese quinella.
Delta Blues, trained by Katsuhiko Sumii and ridden by Yasunari Iwata, prevailed in a stirring finish from Damien Oliver's mount Pop Rock, also trained by Sumii.
Maybe Better did best of the locals for third.
It was the first Cup success by a Japanese raider and only the third time the trophy has been won by an international raider after Vintage Crop in 1993 and Media Puzzle in 2002, who were both trained by Irishman Dermot Weld.
Jockey Iwata could not contain his glee, shouting: "Very happy, very happy.
"My biggest winner ever."
The international flavour continued at the presentations, with the trainer and jockey making speeches in their native Japanese and using translators - a first for a Melbourne Cup ceremony.
Oliver said the result was terrific for Japanese racing.
"I had a couple of seasons there and I was pleased to be offered this ride," he said.
"They have very good horses over there.
"It's a fantastic feat for the Japanese to come here and do that."
Delta Blues enjoyed the run of the race in second and third place throughout as Zabeat set the pace with Irish topweight Yeats moving up to challenge on the turn.
Yeats momentarily hit the front but Delta Blues soon raced past him and then held off the determined challenge of equal favourite Pop Rock who tried valiantly but just missed.
Oliver played down the fighting finish when the two Japanese horses appeared to bump.
"My horse had every chance but the winner deserved it," he said.
"If there was any shifting my horse shifted."
Zabeat faded to finish last of the 23 starters, while topweight Yeats came home in seventh place.
The other equal favourite Tawqeet finished 19th and failed to reproduce the form that took him to the Caulfield Cup two weeks ago.
投稿者 Junko －やすだ じゅんこ－ 時間 16:17