Remember when ... in 2011

When the time to decide the photo finish takes longer than the race itself, it must be close.

When it is a Melbourne Cup (G1) run usually in around 3 minutes 20 seconds – it’s deadly. That is what happened in 2011 when Dunaden (Christophe Lemaire) and Red Cadeaux (Michael Rodd) finished locked together in the Melbourne Cup.

The official margin was a nose, but for many this translated into two pixels! The first time a finish has been separated by such a small margin.

The result was a triumph for French trainer Mikel Delzangles and the jet setting jockey Lemaire. The result was a cruel twist of fate for Red Cadeaux’s trainer Ed Dunlop.

He would see his game stayer run second a further two times (2013 and 2014) in the Melbourne Cup making him the only horse to finish runner-up on three separate occasions.

It was equally frustrating for jockey Craig Williams who had to forgo the mount due to suspension. He would need to wait another eight years to win the Cup, aboard Vow And Declare for Flemington-based trainer, Danny O’Brien.