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.