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Surprise Baby storms home for gallant fifth in Melbourne Cup

Horsham-trained galloper Surprise Baby did the Wimmera proud with a barn-storming fifth-place finish at the Melbourne Cup this afternoon – and banked a cool $230,000 in the process.

The five-year-old, trained by Paul Preusker at McKenzie Creek, entered as a $12 fifth favourite for the ‘race that stops a nation’ and one of Australia’s local hopes.


Jockey Jordan Childs made his move at about the 700-metre mark, manoeuvring Surprise Baby around the outside to come streaking down the Flemington straight.

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Surprise Baby showed  the impressive form that saw him take out The Bart Cummings to earn Preusker his first Melbourne Cup berth last month but could not catch cup winner Vow And Declare before the line.


A fifth-place finish was an excellent result for Surprise Baby and earmarks the horse as one to watch for next year’s Melbourne Cup.

The lightly raced gelding is the son of 2009 cup winner Shocking and has five placings from 11 career starts.

The $230,000 awarded to the fifth placegetter in the Melbourne Cup will take his career prize money to nearly $1-million.

Surprise Baby was a popular choice around Horsham Melbourne Cup events today.