5m/€4m) race for owner Williams, who had Almandin
last year and already held the owners' record for race wins.
, second-favourite despite carring a significantly heavier weight this year, was 12th.
(13/2); Marmelo (8); Humidor (9); Johannes Vermeer (10); Wall Of Fire (12); Red Cardinal (14); Hartnell (50/1) Max Dynamite (20); Rekindling (20); Thomas Hobson (20).
gave Williams his fifth win in the race with a thrilling victory last year and the eight-year-old will be aiming to become the first horse since the mighty Makybe Diva to win successive Cups.
Dettori has landed the mount on last year's winner Almandin
, trained by Robert Hickmott, in the Flemington showpiece on Tuesday week due to Damien Oliver being suspended.
Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia, presented the Emirates Melbourne Cup to the winning connections of Almandin
, which is owned by Lloyd Williams and his son Nick, giving the team its fifth winner of the Melbourne Cup an unprecedented achievement.
A cut-and-thrust finale ensued, but Almandin
found that little bit extra to provide both jockey Kerrin McEvoy and trainer Robert Hickmott with a second taste of Melbourne Cup glory.
It was a second Cup triumph for local trainer Robert Hickmott, who nursed Almandin
back to racing health after 18 months out following a tendon injury after acquiring the seven-year-old gelding in Germany.
Roared on by a festive crowd of more than 100,000 people, Almandin
emerged at the final turn to haul in Heartbreak City by a neck at the end of the gruelling two-mile handicap.
HOME TEAM FRANKIE DETTORI has one space left on his chock-a-block CV for a Melbourne Cup win and he will not get many better chances to fill the gap than with defending champion Almandin
, writes David Jennings.
The Australian horses, bar Almandin
, are a really average bunch.
However, Dettori's worldwide standing is such that yesterday brought the ride on Melbourne Cup favourite Almandin
to follow on from a Breeders' Cup book headed by dual Group 1 winner Ulysses in the Turf and last year's heroine Queen's Trust in the Filly and Mare.
Harlem was very impressive from stall one in the Foundation Cup over 1m2f at this track two starts ago and he finished upsides last year's Melbourne Cup winner Almandin
from the worst draw last time.
He has never won the Melbourne Cup, nor has he ridden for Mullins, but he was aboard Heartbreak City - trained by Tony Martin - who was beaten just a head by Almandin
in last year's Cup.
Last year's ill-fated Ebor winner Heartbreak City so nearly won the Melbourne Cup, losing by a head to Almandin
, and Jardine is open to sending Nakeeta on the journey to Australia.