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Melbourne Cup 2020: Twilight Payment wins but Anthony Van Dyck is fatally injured

Winning jockey Jye McNeil was riding in the Melbourne Cup for the first time

Twilight Payment gave Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien a second triumph in the Melbourne Cup but victory was overshadowed by the death of 2019 Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck.

The 25-1 winner, ridden by Jye McNeil, led from start to finish and held on from Tiger Moth – trained by O’Brien’s father Aidan – and Prince Of Arran. Tiger Moth’s stablemate Anthony Van Dyck, winner of the Derby at Epsom in 2019, broke down in the home straight.

The horse broke a leg in the incident. “It is with sadness that we confirm that Anthony Van Dyck had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured fetlock during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington,” said Racing Victoria spokesman Jamie Stier.

The race, which usually attracts a crowd of around 100,000, was held behind closed doors because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It was a winning debut Melbourne Cup ride for McNeil and a seventh triumph for owner Lloyd Williams in the two-mile handicap that has a first prize of more than £2.3m.

O’Brien, 27, also landed the race at Flemington with Rekindling four years ago.

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Melbourne Cup result
1 Twilight Payment 25-1

2 Tiger Moth 11-2

3 Prince Of Arran 17-2

4 The Chosen One 40-1

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