Rekindling wins 2017 Melbourne Cup


horssRekindling has won the 2017 Melbourne Cup for trainer Joseph O’Brien, who claimed victory ahead of father Aidan’s raider Johannes Vermeer.

The youngest horse in the field, Rekindling gave 24-year-old Joseph O’Brien something his successful father is yet to achieve — a Melbourne Cup victory.

The British horse came in first ahead of Johannes Vermeer and Max Dynamite over 3,200 metres at Flemington.

Rekindling made a late charge down the straight, narrowly edging Johannes Vermeer in the final 200 metres.

Cismontane, Boom Time and Gallante made the early pace but were soon reined in.

Favourite Marmelo and Tiberian chimed in at the 800, but it became a two-horse race by the finish, and it was the younger of the O’Brien boys who would leave with the Cup.

Aidan O’Brien was not on course to see his son triumph, as he is preparing for the Breeder’s Cup in the United States.

But Joseph O’Brien said he had already called his father, who was “delighted” by the news.

The junior O’Brien has become the second Irish trainer to win the Melbourne Cup, following Dermot Weld’s victories in 1993 (Vintage Crop) and 2002 (Media Puzzle).