Fiorente won the Melbourne Cup giving Gai Waterhouse her first Melbourne Cup against a field of quality opponents.
Fiorente and Gai Waterhouse were the stars of the day celebrating Gai’s first Melbourne Cup win with Damien Oliver the triumphant jockey
2. Red Cadeaux
3. Mount Athos
Gai Waterhouse’s controversial year ended in triumph with Fiorente giving the Sydney trainer her first Melbourne Cup win.
Fiorente is a stallion who was born in 2008 by Monsun out of Desert Bloom.
Fiorente’s win in front of 100,000 racegoers at Flemington on Tuesday, sealed Waterhouse’s standing as one of Australia’s greatest horse trainers.
It also gave Damien Oliver his third Melbourne Cup, two months after he returned to racing from serving a ban for betting on a rival horse in a race he was riding in in 2010.
Fiorente staged a thrilling duel with Red Cadeaux before gaining the upperhand at the 100m.
Mount Athos finished third.
Waterhouse’s victory came after twice training the runner-up, Te Akau Nick in 1993 and Fiorente in last year’s race.
It also confirmed Waterhouse as one of the most resilient figures in Australian racing.