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Shocking upset at Melbourne Cup

Jockey Corey Brown riding Shocking wins the Melbourne Cup ahead of Kerrin McEvoy riding Crime Scene on Tuesday.
Jockey Corey Brown riding Shocking wins the Melbourne Cup ahead of Kerrin McEvoy riding Crime Scene on Tuesday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Shocking holds on to win Emirates Melbourne Cup
  • Crime Scene and Mourilyan finish second, third respectively
  • The $5.65 million purse is the richest handicap horse race in world
  • Overseas horses have only won the Melbourne Cup three times
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(CNN) -- Shocking scored an upset victory on Tuesday at the Melbourne Cup, securing victory with a late surge at one of the world's great horse racing spectacles.

The four-year-old rallied in the final furlong to edge past Crime Scene at the Flemington race track in Melbourne, Australia.

Mourilyan also made a late run to claim third place.

Pre-race favorites Alcopop and defending champion Viewed, who was racing under top weight, finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Godolphin-owned Crime Scene, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, took up the running three furlongs out but Corey Brown gave the winner a perfect ride to score victory by three quarters of a length.

Brown had been on the runner up Bauer in 2008 and was delighted to go one better.

"Last year was very disappointing, and now I've finally won the Melbourne Cup," he told reporters.

"It's a dream come true, I can't describe the feeling," he added.

Shocking, who was sent off at odds of 9-1, became the first horse since Brew in 2000 to follow up victory in last Saturday's Lexus Stakes with success in Australia's biggest horse race.

Crime Scene's narrow defeat kept up a jinx for a British-based runners at the Melbourne Cup and only three internationally trained horses have captured the crown -- Vintage Crop (1993), Media Puzzle (2002) and Delta Blues (2006).

The $5.65 million race is the richest handicap horse race in the world and by popular repute, Australia comes to a standstill as it is run over the two mile (3,200 meters) distance.

It is also an important part of the Australian social scene with a festival spotlighting fashion design running in conjunction with the racing.