The 2022 Melbourne Cup was a spectacle to watch. (Photo: Jonathan DiMaggio)

The theatre of Thoroughbreds took centre stage for the first Tuesday of November and the prestigious Melbourne Cup Day. The Inner Sanctum looks back at all 10 races headlined by the $7.7 million Melbourne Cup.

Race one: Darley Maribyrnong Plate

They were off for the first on Cup Day, and Krakarib led the field nine in the early stages from Zulfiqar, while Hellish and Amelie being among the front runners as they travelled onto the course proper. Awestruck and Exposition sat around midfield, about two lengths from the lead

With 550 to run, firm outsider of the race Krakarib continued to lead and seemingly kicked again as the field sprinted. Back to the inside, Little Brose slimmed the margin as Zulfiqar and Bad Girl Bubbles drew into clean air. Awestruck also found a gap towards the inside but had to gain a lot of ground.

In the final furlong it was still Krakarib from Little Brose, then a wall of horses vying for third. Down the outside Hellish began to charge home in the final 100m, but there was no catching Krakarib who led from start to finish in the first to cause a massive upset.

First: 2. Krakarib

Second: 6. Little Brose

Third: 9. Awestruck

Race two: The Macca’s Run

They set off at the 2800 at a slow gallop as an early lead found the way of Protection Money with firm favourite White Marlinwent to the lead.

Verimli then went to the lead from Noonday Gun, then came the favourite with Themoonlitegambler tucked in nicely. Herman Hesse was also among the leaders, as was Papalino. Towards the back of the field through 1000m was Sous Les Nuagas and Good Idea.

Up the back straight and rounding the long bend, it was Verimli leading from Noonday Gun, still with White Marlin and Themoonlitegambler behind them. Then out of nowhere roaring around the outside to gain track position was Aurora’s Symphony as they closed in on the final straight.

As they turned for home White Marlin had a gap for the finish, moved to the lead and bolted away from the field.

Verimli gave good chase as did Team Captain as they crossed the 400m mark, but White Marlin pulled the trigger and raced away from the field in an absolutely dominant display from the grey. White Marlin scored by about five lengths on the line.

First: 7. White Marlin

Second: 12. Protection Money

Third: 9. Caboche

Race three: Resimax Group Subzero

They infamous grey’s race was underway, with Struck By the best away, as was one of the favourites Ascension. Excelman moved forward with Address Melbourne to round the front four through 400m. Naval Envoy then rolled forward around the outside and joined Excelman then for the lead.

Rounding the bend, Naval Envoy and Address Melbourne claimed the lead, with Excelman and Struck By just behind them.

Back to the inside was Not To Be Mist and The Cunning Fox, while towards the back of the field needing a mighty run was Love Tap and Kooled. Smokin’ Toff rounded the field with just 600 to run in the Subzero.

As they straightened, Struck By was the first to flinch at the 400 and took the lead. Giving good chase after a gap opened up was Love Tap, and the Gielding bolted on the opportunity.

Kooled was then moving up for the minor placings, but Love Tap moved up and then passed the leader Struck By at the 50m to run out victorious in the grey’s race.

First: 1. Love Tap

Second: 9. Kooled

Third: 5. Struck By

Race four: Tab Trophy

Gates crashed for the Tab Trophy, and firm favourite Quang Tri missed the jump and dashed to the inside rail. Leading the race early was Dashing and Zoe’s Promise, followed by High Approach and Lindermann.

Next in field as the expected rain bucketed down was Sugoi Legend and then Quang Tri. Then rounding the field up past the 500 was Tokenist.

With 900 to the judge, Zoe’s Promise led by about a length to Dashing, then came High Approach and Serangoon. Following closely in fifth position was Sugoi Legend as Quang Tri looked to get a run on the outside, but was boxed on the inside of Lindermann.

As they turned for home in the rain, Zoe’s Promise looked to make it three on the trot as Dashing and High Approach gave chase at the 400.

Lindermann and Dream Hour were making impressive runs down the outside, but it was High Approach who made the better of the runs as he charged through the middle of the track and got the nose down at the right time over Lindermann.

First: 9. High Approach

Second: 5. Lindermann

Third: 4. Dream Hour

Race five: The Schweppervescence Plate

In one of the more open races on the day, Renosu looked to make an early statement and pounced to an early lead as did Alpha Flight and Zou Sensation. Following them was Shalaman as the field split into two in the early part of the long straight.

With 600m to run it was still Zou Sensation from Shalaman, Xtravagant Star then Alpha Flight. The field then merged a made a line of about 15 across the track, all trying to find the dry line.

Renosu was then the first to kick away with a couple furlongs to go, and marginal favourite Kin opened a run back to the inside.

With 300 to the post it was a sea of blue among the front runners as Renosu went for broke. Back to the inside, Kin was fighting hard, as was Lascars and Alpha Flight.

But after pulling over a length clear, Renosu could not be caught, and at big odds won the fifth, making it a double for Blake Shinn on the day.

First: 7. Renosu

Second: 17. Kin

Third: 6. Boldinho

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Race six: Furphy Plate

In the penultimate race to the Cup, the field of 13 set off at the 1800 and Noname Lane wasted no time racing to the lead as Sharper and White Noise settled for the time being in the minor placings.

Lord Vladivostok and Esti Feny sat midfield as Dynasties, Future Score and Bartholomeu Dias rounded the field past the 1400m mark.

Up past Chiquita Lodge, Noname Lane continued to lead by about three quarters of a length to Sharper, who had put a nice gap to the rest of the field.

Third position was White Noise on the outside of Just Folk and Esti Feny as they rounded the bend. Bermadez sat just off the midfield but on the outside, and looked ready to blister away.

400 out from the finish, and Esti Feny got to the inside and looked for a run, White Noise from the middle of the track looked to claim a narrow lead from Sharper as Just Folk and Bartholomeu Dias looked promising down the outside.

Dynasties then struck the inside and raced on, White Noise held the lead at the 150 from Just Folk, and Bartholomeu Dias raced up on far outside from last. Bartholomeu Dias then stole the lead with 50m to go and embraced the heat from Just Folk for a brave win.

First: 5. Bartholomeu Dias

Second: 1. Just Folk

Thirs: 13. Lord Vladivostok

Race seven: Lexus Melbourne Cup

It was then time for the race that stops the nation: the Melbourne Cup. 22 horses, jockeys and connections gathered, all with one dream that could become a reality in just three and a half minutes.

Best away was Knight’s Order from the far outside gate. Smokin’ Romans also started as one of the better, while Camorra showed good early speed, as did Vow And Declare.

Interpretation found a way to the lead off the field, as they created a wall of six horses at the front all jostling for position and the inside rail. As they passed the judge for the first time it was Smokin’ Romans from Camorra and Serpentine, then came Interpretation back to the rails to round out the top four.

As they settled into position around the first bend, there were big names further down the field like the favourite Douville Legend and Knight’s Order.

Among them on the outside was previous winner Vow and Declare with Without A Fight and Stockman towards to back of the field, as Arapao rounded the field past half way in Melbourne Cup.

As they begun the long swing for home with 1400m to run, Serpentine and Tralee Rose lead the field as Knight’s Order moved forward up towards the leaders. Interpretation was drifting back under heavy whipping way to far from home eliminating its chances.

Camorra and Smokin’ Romans were on the rails in prime position, with Without A Fight also pushing forward as the field bunched up setting up a grandstand finish with 800 to run.

Knight’s Order took off from Smokin’ Romans at the 650 as Deauville Legend looked set to send the Flemington crowds into ruptures with a brilliant run looming. To the outside was Young Werther, Gold Trip and Emissary, all making runs out wider from the back of the field.

With 400 to the judge in the Melbourne Cup, Knight’s Order looked to be running out of steam, and the field was catching. Gold Trip emerged from the middle, moved up and took the lead at the 250 from Knight’s Order and Deauville Legend.

Emissary then looked to flash home down the outside and got the margin down to just a length from Gold Trip, but the brave Gold Trip found a late second wind in the dying stages. It kicked away to win the 2022 Lexus Melbourne Cup as Mark Zahra claimed revenge from his last year’s Cup heartbreak.

First: 1. Gold Trip

Second: 17. Emissary

Third: 22. High Emocean

Race eight: In Memory Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Star Of Chaos was the best of the field away, while following tightly back on the rails was Nugget and The Garden, followed by Monhamek who settled into fourth position. After a poor start, Green Fly was quick to move up about midfield alongside Detonator Jack.

Through 600m it was still Star Of Chaos by about a length to The Garden, then came Nugget in the Melbourne Cup winning colours of Gold Trip.

With the inside of the track much damper, the field ran the turn slightly wider of the rail. Minsk Moment then produced a tidy run on the outside of the favourite Munhamek as they straightened.

350 to the judge and The Garden raced up to the lead alongside Nugget, with the latter looking stronger. Nugget held a narrow lead over Munhamek, and then thundering through the middle from nowhere was Detonator Jack.

Detonator Jack “pushed the button” and stormed over the top for a great win in the eighth on the card.

First: 13. Detonator Jack

Second: 5. Nugget

Third: 10. Munhamek

Race nine: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes

Gates crashed at the 1400 and Another Award raced to clinch the early lead. Also on the pace was Asymmertrical and Larkspur Run, while favourite Literary Magnate nestled a bit behind where she usually likes but seemed comfortable.

Decent Raine then moved up to the leaders and tucked in behind Another Award, while Tycoon Evie sat a length and a half off the lead with Larkspur Run on the outside pressing forward. A bit further back to the inside was Promise Of Success and She’s All Class, as Mac ‘N’ Cheese sat last rounding the 800.

As they turned for home in the ninth, Another Award looked to make every post a winner and went for home at the 400. Asymmetrical and Tycoon Evie gave good chase, then Larkspur Run picked up her hooves at the 250 and set off for the win.

The Godolphins proved too good once again, as another outsider took the chocolates with Larkspur Run.

First: 17. Larkspur Run

Second: 3. Literary Magnate

Third: 7. Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Race 10: MSS Security Sprint

In the final race on Cup Day, the best jumper was Amish Boy, as he took off and raced to an early lead with Chassis side by side. Zethus pulled over to the majority field of seven as the other three in the race took to the middle of the field as they split into groups.

Through 300m, Pioneer River led the more outside group from Zethus, then back over across the track was Amish Boy and Chassis with Hi Stranger behind them.

As they tracked down to the course proper, the field began to close together on the drier side of the track. Favourite Nicolini Wito was caught behind runners, and had to wait for a gap to open to pounce.

This was quickly undone as down the outside of them all came Vespertine, who raced up to Shelby Sixtysix and then took the lead from what was last place just 200m before. Vespertine cleaned up the last 100m to conclude what was a magnificent day of racing at the peak of the Spring Carnival.

First: 16. Verspertine

Second: 5. Shelby Sixtysix

Third: 15. Crestani

Next up just two days away, is Oaks Day back at Flemington, and The Inner Sanctum will be back ontop of all the day’s racing.

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