Twilight Payment has won the 2020 Melbourne Cup for trainer Joseph O’Brien and jockey Jye McNeil.
The Lloyd Williams-owned runner, sent out at $26, led for basically the entire 3200m journey to hold off race favourite Tiger Moth and evergreen stayer Prince Of Arran.
This was an amazing seventh win for the most successful owner in the Cup’s history.
McNeil was having his first ride in a Melbourne Cup and he judged things to perfection on the eight-year-old gelding.
This was the second time O’Brien junior has taken the prize, after Rekindle in 2017, and on both occasions he has beaten his eminent father Aiden into the runner-up slot, and denied him a first victory.
Prince Of Arran’s minor placing was his third in the Melbourne Cup, with the Fellowe
trained runner charging late from well back. He was ridden by Jamie Kah, the world’s highest ranked female rider, who was also having her opening outing in the great race.
Aiden O’Brien’s other runner Anthony Van Dyck was eased down in the straight and failed to finish.
Sadly he was humanely euthanased after sustaining a fractured fetlock.