Almandin stormed down the straight to edge past Heartbreak City just before the line and win the 156th Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, giving owner Lloyd Williams a record fifth win in Australia's richest race and jockey Kerrin McEvoy his second win in the 2-mile classic.

McEvoy won his previous Melbourne Cup in 2000, giving him the mark for longest gap between Cup titles for a jockey.

Australian businessman Williams is the first owner to win more than four Melbourne Cups.

Pre-race favorite Hartnell placed third, making it 18 years of fruitless attempts by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Godolphin racing enterprise to win the southern hemisphere's premier race.

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Melbourne Cup results:
1. Almandin $11.80, $4.40
2. Heartbreak City $6.20
3. Hartnell $2.80
Quinella: $119.80
Trifecta: $1232.70
First4: $26,487.10

AS IT HAPPENED - Melbourne Cup 2016