French horse Dunaden has won the 2011 Melbourne Cup in the tightest ever finish in the 151 year history of the big race.

The horse’s Qatari owner will pocket more than three and a half million dollars for the win.

Suraya Daly reports.


Twenty four horses from around the world lined up for Australia’s biggest race and one of the world’s richest races.

When the result of the photo finish came in, French horse Dunaden had survived the closest finish in the history of the Melbourne Cup.

The judges had to use extreme magnification to separate Dunaden.

Red Cadeaux took second place, while German horse Lucas Cranach came third.

Last year’s winner and this year’s favourite, Americain came fourth.

Dunaden’s jockey Christophe Lemaire, arrived in Australia just 24 hours before the race after Craig Williams lost an appeal to keep the ride.

It was France’s second straight victory in Australia’s greatest race.

Suraya Daly, QUT News.


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