Flemington Rececourse shared the last 400 metres of the 2016 Melbourne Cup.
Melburnians collectively held their breath as Almandin crossed the finish line. #champion #MelbourneCup #melbmoment pic.twitter.com/yrqYYWhPpW
— Victoria Racing Club (@FlemingtonVRC) November 1, 2016
In 2011, David Evans and Paul McGreevy suggested that “Horses, on average, achieved highest speeds in the 600 to 400 m section”.
I have taken grabs of the video at each 100 metre intervals from 400 metres out. The winner Almandin is the horse. just to the right of the 3 sign, blue silks, red hat.
300 metres: three horses competing. They will fill the top three places.
200 metres: two horses challenging, Almandin nearer the camera, Heartbreak City nearer the rails..
100 metres: two horses contesting the Cup.
Finish Line (24 seconds for the final 400 metres). Almandin by a head.
This seems an excellent illustration of David and Paul’s observations … and an exciting Cup race as well.