105,979 roaring fans, 23 thoroughbred horses, 3200 metres and a photo finish to determine the champion, the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup lived up to its reputation as the ‘race that stops the nation’.
The closest finish in the events 151 year history, after two painstakingly long minutes, captured only by a photo finish, Dunaden was crowned the winner of the 2011 Cup. One of the most exciting finishes seen throughout Australia’s greatest horse race, a modest Christophe Lemaire spared a thought for Australia’s Craig Williams, who just 24 hours prior had been charged with careless riding in turn handing Lemaire the winning reigns.
A truly spectacular event that for 151 years has commanded attention not only throughout the Australian nation but also across the globe! In celebration of the 150th anniversary of this notorious event, celebrated last year, the Royal Australian Mint issued the 2010 50c 150th Anniversary of Melbourne Cup Cu/Ni Unc. Never issued into circulation, the 150 year commemorative is available now at Downies.com.