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2020 Melbourne Cup Day Results: Twilight Payment is the Melbourne Cup Winner

2020 Melbourne Cup Day is here, and you can keep up to date with all of the action from Flemington as it happens, right here on the Neds Blog!

Ten races will be decided during our coverage of 2020 Melbourne Cup Day results including the $7.75 millions feature race, which will be contests at 3pm AEDT.

The Flemington track has been rated in the ‘good’ range today, and our 2020 Melbourne Cup Day results will begin following the running of the Group 3 Darley Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) for two-year-olds at 10:45am AEDT.

2020 Melbourne Cup Day Results
Race 1 – Group 3 Darley Maribyrnong Plate Results

Finance Tycoon has led all the way in the Maribyrnong Plate.

Jockey Luke Nolen took the colt straight to the lead and set a fair tempo in transit, steering him back to the rail on the course proper.

Nolen was greeted with a lovely kick when he asked for an extra effort, and Finance Tycoon proved too strong for a fast-finishing Ingratiating.

“It’s always good to win the first race,” co-trainer Ben Hayes said after the race.

“To cross to the rail so early and have that kick late, it’s a real testament to him.”

  1. Finance Tycoon
  2. Ingratiating
  3. Marine One
Race 2 – World Horse Racing Desirable Stakes Results

No Restriction has finished over the top of her rivals in the Desirable Stakes, lobbing at $41!

The Unencumbered filly was settled off the pace by Declan Bates and stalked the leaders into the straight.

Bates delivered a perfectly timed ride aboard the filly, who beat Pride Of Jenni and Ripper Rita in the final strides.

  1. No Restriction
  2. Pride Of Jenni
  3. Ripper Rita
Race 3 – Schweppervescence Plate Results

Alleboom has recorded a lovely win in the Schweppervescence Plate.

Jockey Craig Williams was clearly confident in what he had underneath him, and took Alleboom straight to the lead, setting a fair tempo for his rivals.

Kicking clear at the 400m, Alleboom was joined by Hard Landing, but produced a strong kick to hold off the challenger.

“They had the right horse today and he ran his heart out for me,” Williams said after the race.

  1. Alleboom
  2. Hard Landing
  3. Mr Moppett
Race 4 – The Macca’s Run Results

Sin To Win has returned to winning form in impressive fashion.

The Sir Percy gelding hadn’t won since taking out the Andrew Ramsden in 2018, and jockey Luke Currie immediately took the horse to the tail of the field this afternoon.

Allowing him to get into a rhythm and move through the gears as the field approached the final bend, Currie took the horse wide at the turn and was greeted with a lovely turn of foot as the eight-year-old mowed down Naval Warfare and pulled clear late.

  1. Sin To Win
  2. Naval Warfare
  3. Yonkers
Race 5 – Listed Trophy Results

Clear race favourite Ain’tnodeeldun has delivered the punters a big result in Race 5 on Melbourne Cup Day.

The Dundeel colt hovered around even money all week, and jockey Damian Lane found a beautiful position for him in transit as Ultimate Edition blazed the early trail.

Striding to the lead at the top of the straight, Ain’tnodeeldun looks as though he’d have a fight on his hands as Confrontational strode into the race, but the Freedman horse’s class prove too good.

  1. Ain’tnodeeldun
  2. Confrontational
  3. Grinzinger Lord
Race 6 – Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy Results

Outrageous enjoyed a dream run in transit and recorded an impressive win in Race 6.

The All Too Hard gelding made the most of barrier 1, striding forward from the rails and sitting just in behind the early leaders.

William Pike was greeted with a clear run at the top of the straight and simply never appeared in doubt; charging clear of his rivals over the final 200m to beat Ocular and The Difference.

  1. Outrageous
  2. Ocular
  3. The Difference
Race 7 – 2020 Melbourne Cup Results

Jye McNeil has returned one of the rides of the year to win the 2020 Melbourne Cup aboard Twilight Payment.

The speed map suggested he would lead and after jumping well, McNeil took Twilight Payment straight to the lead and set a fair tempo for the field of 23.

Settling into a lovely rhythm heading round to the back straight, Twilight Payment was joined on the speed by Finche, and the pair opened a gap of four or five lengths on their rivals.

Producing a nice kick when he turned for home, Twlighlight Payment dropped Finche and continued to find; holding out late challenges from Tiger Moth and the cult hero Prince Of Arran.

The 2020 Melbourne Cup winner is the second for young Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien, who also saddled Rekindling to success in 2017.

  1. Twilight Payment
  2. Tiger Moth
  3. Prince Of Arran
  4. The Chosen One
Race 8 – Listed Furphy Plate Results

He needed the entire length of the straight, but Purple Sector has saluted in the Furphy Plate.

Punters flocked in from everywhere to back the five-year-old son of Pins, and he was settled off the pace by Craig Williams as Homesman and Harbour Views dictated early terms.

Odeon took advantage of a decent tempo when hitting the front at the 300m, but he was a sitting duck as Purple Sector and Gold Fields absolutely savaged the line, the former poking clear in the final strides of the race.

  1. Purple Sector
  2. Gold Fields
  3. Odeon
Race 9 – Group 3 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Results

Rich Hips has mustered an eye-catching turn of foot to finish over the top of her rivals in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes.

The $21 shot was settled towards the tail of the field by jockey Michael Dee and allowed the likes of Music Bay to take up the running.

It appeared as though she had too much work to do when they turned for home, and while Lyre shaped as the major danger to runaway leader Wild Vixen, Rich Hips proved too good for both of them.

  1. Rich Hips
  2. Lyre
  3. Wild Vixen
Race 10 – Listed MSS Security Sprint Results

Exhilarates has won the last on Melbourne Cup Day 2020.

The Magic Millions winner’s second-up record is outstanding, and she looked to get into this race well under the conditions.

Having settled in behind the early speed of Sirius Suspect, the gap appeared at the 300m and Kerrin McEvoy took advantage; joining The Astrologist and Sirius Suspect and ultimately poking clear in the race’s final strides.

“James (Cummings) knows this mare so well and he had her primed for today,” McEvoy said after the race.

“It looked a nice race for her, and she gave a spirited kick late, so it was good.”

  1. Exhilarates
  2. The Astrologist
  3. Sirius Suspect