Almandin still the Melbourne Cup favourite, but Max Dynamite getting big wraps

The defending Cup winner Almandin, another Lloyd Williams-owned entry Johannes Vermeer, the Darren Weir-trained Humidor and the British galloper Marmelo are the only horses at $10 and under.

There will be 11 overseas-trained horses in the field this year, equalling the record from 2011 and 2015.

Six of the top 10 chances in the betting were internationals the day after the barrier draw, but the top two were the Robert Hickmott-trained Almandin and Humidor.

Outsider Almandin wins Melbourne Cup

Hundreds of Papua New Guinean punters including business and working class men and women rushed into the nearest Betting shops minutes ago to watch the 2016 Melbourne Cup.

Outside the Waigani area in the National Capital District cars were jam packed along the traffic and car parks as others marched into the punting area to lock their final bets and watch the cup.

The $6.2 million race which is a big calendar event in Melbourne, Australia has also found a niche in Papua New Guinea, especially in Port Moresby.

Almandin claims maiden Melbourne Cup

The winner finished ahead of Heartbreak City in a close finish with pre-race favourite Hartnell third.

Kerrin McEvoy rode the winner that was trained by Robert Hickmott.

The win gave owner Lloyd Williams his fifth victory in the famous race.

"How lucky am I mate?" said McEvoy after the race on Channel 7, adding to his first win in 200 with Brew.

Almandin won from Heartbreak City, Hartnell, Qewy, Who Shot Thebarman, Almoonuith, Beautiful Romance, Exospheric, Petathalon and Big Orange.


No 2016 Melbourne Cup penalty for Almandin

The imported Almandin scored his maiden Australian win with a two-length success in the Listed Harry White Classic (2400m) but the manner of the win was not enough to earn him more weight for the Melbourne Cup.

Almandin passed the first Melbourne Cup ballot clause with his win, which promoted the Macedon Lodge galloper to 64th in the order of entry for the great race.