Photos from Mount Isa’s Melbourne Cup race meeting

Mount Isa Race Club was the place to be today (Tuesday November 7) with plenty of hot Melbourne Cup racing action for local punters and socialites.

The afternoon started with a Melbourne Cup luncheon that saw about 80 people through the gates to watch the race that stops the nation. 

For the first time in history, the Melbourne Cup was a family affair, with the winner and second-placegetter being trained by a father and son from the other side of the world.

The Joseph O'Brien-trained Rekindling edged clear to win by long neck after a ding-dong battle in the final 200 metres with Johannes Vermeer, trained by his father, the all-conquering Aidan O'Brien, winner of a staggering world-record 27 group 1s this season. The Willie Mullens-trained Max Dynamite 2½ lengths further back in third.

After the Melbourne Cup, the local racing commenced with a scheduled five race meeting. More racing enthusiasts made their way to the Mount Isa Race Club with about 200 additional socialites making their way through the gates.