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Melbourne Cup won by Dato Tan Chin Nam,







The Melbourne Cup has been run and won with the foreign invasion repelled for another year. And who better to do it than the master himself, the man of the magical twirling eyebrows, cup king Bart Cummings?


Fifty years since he saddled his first Melbourne Cup runner, Cummings unleashed Viewed on an unsuspecting audience of Flemington racegoers and casual observers around the country and then stood modest and unassuming in victory to accept the adulation.


Not bad for an 80-year-old.


"I do make it a habit of winning this race, someone told me and I said it's a good habit to get into," Cummings said.


"It's great to see the Aussies succeed."


Emotional? "Not really," Cummings said. "It happens to be a nice win, that's all. It's nice to win a race that everyone in Australia wants to win, particularly my owners."


Viewed's victory gave Cummings a 12th cup victory and, as he shuffled through the media scrum to greet his charge, the grand old man of the track was already talking of a 13th.


Viewed earned $3.3 million for its owner, Dato Tan Chin Nam, and paid a whopping $46.50 to those who follow the master rather than form.


Cummings might have been shuffling but Viewed certainly wasn't, the five-year-old stallion triumphing in an epic finish, galloping to the lead in the straight and somehow holding on.


With the winning post in sight, Bauer, piloted by Corey Brown, broke free of the pack to mount a challenge worthy of victory but, just when it appeared as if Bauer would run down the frontrunner, Viewed kicked again and held out by a nose.


Even Cummings thought it might have been a dead heat.


Viewed entered the cup with a patchy preparation - 10th in the Caulfield Cup a fortnight ago and then last in the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington last Saturday. Not even the Cummings connection could keep him in the market as money tumbled out for Mad Rush, Bauer's stablemate, which started favourite.


The best in the world - including the best stayer in Europe, Septimus, prepared by the best trainer in the world, Aidan O'Brien - weren't good enough to unseat Cummings who claimed an unprecedented dozen. Imagine how long it might take for that record to be broken.


"Geez, he's the master, Bart Cummings. You just can't underestimate him," said winning jockey Blake Shinn.


The jockey was yearning for the post to save him and worried, in those final few seconds, that he might have run too early.




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