Racing - Rekindling leads Irish sweep at Melbourne Cup

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Corey Brown kisses the cup as trainer Joseph O'Brien looks on after they won the 157th Melbourne Cup with Rekindling (AFP Photo/PAUL CROCK)

Racing - Rekindling leads Irish sweep at Melbourne Cup

Corey Brown kisses the cup as trainer Joseph O'Brien looks on after they won the 157th Melbourne Cup with Rekindling (AFP Photo/PAUL CROCK)

- Irish trainer Joseph O'Brien edged his famous father Aidan to land the Melbourne Cup as Rekindling led an all-Irish sweep of the placings after a close finish on Tuesday. Aidan O'Brien has trained a world-record 27 Group 1 wins this year but his 24-year-old son beat him to a debut victory in the Aus$6 million (US$4.6 million) race when Rekindling wore down Johannes Vermeer to snatch it by half a length. The Willie Mullins-trained Max Dynamite, who finished second in 2015, completed an all-Irish one-two-three in the 3,200-metre (two mile) handicap at Flemington. Rekindling gave his Australian owner Lloyd Williams his sixth success in the Melbourne Cup and was jockey Corey Brown's second win in the race. "I can't believe it. I am thankful to Lloyd who suggested I bring him down and he would have a good chance in the race," Joseph O'Brien said.


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