Joseph O’Brien pips dad again as Twilight Payment claims a second triumph in the Melbourne Cup

Joseph O’Brien pips dad again as Twilight Payment claims a second triumph in the Melbourne Cup


Joseph O’Brien pips dad again as Twilight Payment claims a second triumph in the Melbourne Cup for Irish trainer but victory is marred by a fatal injury to Anthony Van Dyck

  • Twilight Payment made all the running under a perfectly-timed ride from McNeil
  • But the race was marred by a fatal injury to O’Brien snr’s Anthony Van Dyck
  • Seven horses have died during or as a result of running in the race since 2013

Joseph O’Brien landed his second Melbourne Cup when 25-1 shot Twilight Payment made all the running under a perfectly-timed ride from Australian jockey Jye McNeil at Flemington on Tuesday.

Just like 2017 Melbourne Cup when Joseph’s Rekindling beat his father Aidan’s Johannes Vermeer, it was another family affair with O’Brien snr’s Tiger Moth beaten half a length in second.

But the race was marred by a fatal injury to O’Brien snr’s Anthony Van Dyck, the first English Derby winner to race in Australia.

Twilight Payment (right) made all the running under a perfectly-timed ride from Jye McNeil

The fatality was a huge blow to both the Melbourne Cup and Australian racing which has been damaged by a series of equine welfare incidents.

Seven horses have died during or as a result of running in the Melbourne Cup since 2013. They include Aidan O’Brien-trained Cliffs of Moher, who broke a shoulder in 2018.

Racing Victoria said their integrity team would investigate the fatal incident. The Flemington track is likely to be one area of focus.

Twilight Payment, who was 11th in last year’s Melbourne Cup, was always holding Tiger Moth, whose jockey Kerrin McEvoy received a 13-meeting ban and £27,500 fine for whip overuse.

The race was marred by a fatal injury to Aidan O’Brien Anthony Van Dyck (above)

The race was marred by a fatal injury to Aidan O’Brien Anthony Van Dyck (above)

Joseph O’Brien said: ‘I was hardly able to watch but it was a fantastic ride by Jye.’

Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince Of Arran was third.

Meanwhile, Ryan Moore will ride Aidan O’Brien’s Magical in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland in the US with French champion jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot on stablemate Mogul.

The BHA has announced that owners will still be able to attend a racecourse during the new Covid-19 lockdown which starts on Thursday but face stricter regulations. It will be a maximum of two owners per horse, they will have to arrive shortly before their horse runs and leave afterwards. There will be no hospitality on course.



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