FOUR-year-old Rekindling, the youngest horse in the race, has won the 2017 Melbourne Cup for Joseph O’Brien (24), the youngest trainer in the race and owner Lloyd Williams, who will be putting his sixth Cup trophy on his mantelpiece. Winning jockey Corey Brown also won on 2009 with Shocking.

O’Brien, son of Aidan, the highest-ranked trainer in the world, couldn’t believe the result, a feat his father has not yet achieved in his star-studded career.

With Rekindling ($11 for win), Joseph O’Brien denied Johannes Vermeer (trained by his dad), first place as the older runner took second ahead of Max Dynamite and Big Duke.

“I can’t believe it. I am thankful to Lloyd and Nick Williams, they suggested to bring him down and he would have a good chance in the race,” Joseph O’Brien said.

“His preparation went really good. Corey gave him an unbelievable ride. For everyone and the lads at home and the lads here have done an unbelievable job. All the lads at home, all year round, have done a great job with him. I can’t quite believe it. This is unbelievable. It hasn’t sunk in yet.

Lloyd Williams said: “An absolute dream. I am so thrilled … It is terribly exciting. I can’t put it into words to be perfectly honest. Just to do it with this 24-year-old (Joseph O’Brien). He has been taking the world on. I thought that this horse had some chance and I thought that his run in the Ledger was good and his three-year-old form over there has been very good in the Doncaster Cup.”

Brown commented: “I chased the ride about six weeks ago and with a light weight (thinking I was) a big chance to get on him … I can’t believe it.”

One lucky punter won a $1 million when Rekindling crossed the line after selecting the O’Brien runner to race for the seven-figure amount in a TAB promotion.

Photo: Rekindling (nearest camera), ran on by Johannes Vermeer (inside) to win the 2017 Melbourne Cup. (AAP).


  1. What a way to announce yourself! Young O’Brien will be in the league of his dad and the Ballydoyle Kingdom will get stronger. He also looks a more approachable fellow than the candle-burner!


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