At Ascot, racegoers will have the best of both worlds - live racing and the $7.05 million Cup at 12pm beamed on the track's big screen and across the racecourse, which this year features the new Flametree Garden area for general admission patrons.
It has taken 30 years and millions of dollars, but Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum can now finally call himself a Melbourne Cup victor.
In that year Godolphin had so many runners in the Cup they were forced to hastily manufacture a yellow cap for Qewy to complement the blue, white, black and red ones that have been used in races when had they had four runners in the past.
The Cliffsofmoher (IRE), a Coolmore horse trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, broke down early in the race and had to be euthanized.
Before today, the mega stable had come away with just three second places and two thirds in the Cup.
The Cliffsofmoher was put down after suffering a fractured right shoulder.
As the first British trainer to win, he said: "I'm so lucky.to be in this position to be able to train these horses".
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"It's sinking in now", Appleby said afterwards.
"I am just so delighted".
I've spoken to his highness (Sheikh Mohammed) and he's over the moon about this result - it's a challenge that's been a long road.
RSPCA Australia says The Cliffsofmoher is the sixth horse to die during the Melbourne Cup carnival since 2013.
Sportsbet said it had experienced technical issues due to "unprecedented demand and we fixed these issues as a priority".
Viewers reacted in horror after the Melbourne Cup hopeful pulled up lame in a mid-race mishap.
"I'm getting wet here but I don't give a stuff because I'm enjoying winning my third Melbourne Cup".
The Sheikh has tried for 20 years to dominate the race that stops the nation.
The track was downgraded from good to a Heavy 8 before the rain passed, allowing the course to come back to a Soft 6 at race time.
UK-based Thady Gosden described his first experience in Melbourne for the Cup as surreal.