Owners of Prince of Penzance, seen here in another race, were hoping the gelding would have a top-ten finish at Melbourne Cup.
Owners of Prince of Penzance, seen here in another race, were hoping the gelding would have a top-ten finish at Melbourne Cup. Contributed

'Winning the Melbourne Cup... I’ll take that'

AS THE Melbourne Cup was run and won around television sets around the Bundaberg region, one lucky local owner of Prince of Penzance was sharing the spoils of winning the richest race in Australia.

Dalton Racing, which involves local lawyer Bruce Dalton, was celebrating long into the night as its horse stunned the sporting world yesterday to win the Melbourne Cup.

Bruce, along with his brothers Joe and Jonathon, own a 15% stake in the horse after purchasing it at a yearling sale in New Zealand in 2011.

Now they can officially call themselves Melbourne Cup winners after also claiming the Moonee Valley Cup last year with the same horse.

Joe Dalton, who was still coming to terms with the win, told the NewsMail's sister paper the Observer it was a wonderful feeling to win the race.

"Unbelievable, unbelievable and it takes a little bit of the sting after losing the World Cup, but winning the Melbourne Cup... I'll take that," Dalton said.

Prince of Penzance's win, paid out 100-1 in some markets.

The horse, which is trained by Darren Weir, created history with Michelle Payne becoming the first female jockey to win the Cup.

Denpurr - part-owned by Bundaberg couple Warren and Carol Childs placed third in the Lexus Hybrid Plate, which was taken out by Don't Doubt Mamma.

ROYAL TREATMENT: Sandy and Bruce Dalton with the Moonee Valley Gold Cup. Photo Contributed
ROYAL TREATMENT: Sandy and Bruce Dalton with the Moonee Valley Gold Cup. Photo Contributed Contributed


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