In a year of expecting the unexpected, it was another Irish-trained victory in the Lexus Melbourne Cup as Twilight Payment led from start to finish in the $8 million ‘race that stops a nation’ ™ at Flemington Racecourse.
Twilight Payment became only the second horse to lead from start to finish and win the Group 1 after Might And Power, after being given a beautiful ride by Victorian jockey Jye McNeil who notched a memorable win in the Lexus Melbourne Cup at his first attempt.
It was a second triumph in the Lexus Melbourne Cup for 27-year-old trainer Joseph O’Brien, who became the youngest trainer ever to win the Cup when Rekindling won in 2017. O’Brien was watching in the early hours of the morning from his base in Ireland.
Lloyd Williams recorded a record seventh win in the Lexus Melbourne Cup, sharing the ownership with family and friends.