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Top 10 performances from the Spring Racing Carnival - Who were the best winners in this year's carnival?

Adam Cusworth in Latest News 14 Nov 2017
  • Our top 10 winners from Turnbull Stakes day to the Emirates Stakes on the final day of the carnival
Rekindling took out the 2017 Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne spring carnival is done and dusted for another year and once again, there were plenty of memorable moments. 

Here are our top 10 performances of the spring. 

1. Winx- Cox Plate (2040m)
It’s impossible to go past Winx’s Cox Plate victory as the best performance of the spring. The mighty mare picked up her third win in succession in the great race, joining Kingston Town as the only other galloper to win Australia's weight-for-age championship on three occasions. She broke Maybe Diva's prize money record in the process as well as her own track record, defeating Humidor, despite travelling wide for much of the high-pressure race. 

2. Rekindling- Melbourne Cup (3200m)
Picked up the Melbourne Cup ahead of Johannes Vermeer, with the quinella horses battling it out in the famous Williams colours. The lightly raced galloper, who is a three-year-old on northern hemisphere breeding, won for Joseph O'Brien, the youngest ever trainer to taste success in the race that stops the nation. 

3. Merchant Navy- Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m)
Astonishing win by the Aaron Purcell-trained galloper in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), weaving a passage to upset some big names in the race that is fast surpassing the VRC Derby (2500m) as the most anticipated on 'Derby Day'. 

4. Tosen Stardom- Emirates Stakes (2000m)
Looked to be a possible hard luck story in the $2 million Emirates Stakes before gaining a split and launching to victory late in the race. The win complemented his effort to score in the Toorak Handicap (1600m) and capped another successful carnival for trainer Darren Weir. 

5. Redzel- Darley Classic (1200m)
Just how good is this guy? The Snowden galloper has won his past six with those wins coming at a variety of venues and in a variety of conditions. Has carted the field up in most of those and his dominant win in the Darley Classic came after he took out the inaugural Everest (1200m) at Sydney. 

6. Winx- Turnbull Stakes (2000m)
Winx's first ever appearance at Flemington resulted in a seven-length demolition job of her rivals in the Turnbull Stakes and came prior to her Cox Plate triumph, back at the start of October. 

7. Ace High- VRC Derby (2500m)
Backed up his Spring Champion (2000m) win by comfortably taking out the VRC Derby (2500m). Hopefully he can back up those performances next year and go on with the job. 

8. Pinot- Kennedy Oaks (2500m)
Landed the first ever VRC Oaks for trainer Gai Waterhouse and defeated some in-form gallopers in the process. 

9. Boom Time- Caulfield Cup (2400m)
Claimed the first of the spring majors at big odds after darting up the inside at Caulfield to overhaul Single Gaze in the concluding stages. 

10. Mighty Boss- Caulfield Guineas (1600m)
Another longshot winner, Mighty Boss claimed the Caulfield Guineas after sneaking into the field as the first emergency. The flashy colt had only won a maiden at Sale prior to that but defeated some big names to claim the 1600m Group 1 for the youngsters. 

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