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Watch: Irish Owners Go Ballistic Live On Aussie TV After Second Place In Melbourne Cup

Watch: Irish Owners Go Ballistic Live On Aussie TV After Second Place In Melbourne Cup

Almandin won the Melbourne Cup by a hair's breadth during the wee hours, just about edging Irish-trained Heartbreak City in Australia's marquee race.

The prize money up for grabs is $3.6m (roughly €2.5m), with second spot alone raking in $900,000 - or €628,000 - for the runner-up. You can understand, then, how Tony Martin of County Meath and his team of fellow Irish trainers weren't too heartbroken as their seven-year-old bay gelding was pipped at the post.

Martin, Aidan Shiels, Charlie Gavigan and Niall Reilly went positively ape at the finish, with an Aussie reporter falling foul of one particularly enthusiastic bear hug. His face was a picture.

The race itself was equally thrilling, with Kerrin McEvoy riding Almandin to his second Melbourne Cup win since the year 2000. Check out the pulsating finish below:

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Gavan Casey
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