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Germany Delights On and Off the Track as Protectionist Wins 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup

DUBAI, U.A.E – 4th NOVEMBER 2014 – It was all about Germany at the 2014 running of the AUD$6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday. 

Protectionist, trained in Germany by Andreas Wohler and ridden by British-star Ryan Moore, had to come from almost last as he battled hard to come through the field to go clear in the final 300 metres to land the ‘race that stops a nation’ by four lengths. 

Red Cadeaux, trained in England by Ed Dunlop, finished runner-up for the third time in four years with the Glen Boss-partnered Who Shot Thebarman in third. 

Barry Brown, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations East, presented the Emirates Melbourne Cup to Moore, Wohler and the winning connections of Protectionist. 

Trackside, Emirates played host to celebrities and corporate guests in its luxurious German-themed hospitality marquee, including New York it-girl Gigi Hadid, wearing a stunning creation by Australian designer Alex Perry, American actor from The Bold and the Beautiful fame Ronn Moss, and British band Spandau Ballet, inside the fairy-tale fantasy German-themed marquee. 

Additional celebrity guests included former cricketer Shane Warne, Blacklist star Ryan Eggold, Masterchef critic Matt Preston, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Frances Abbott, daughter of Prime Minister Tony Abbott. 

“Once again the Emirates Melbourne Cup has delivered a race to stop a nation, and what better way to further celebrate our German-themed marquee than with a German horse winning this world class race,” said Mr Brown. 

“2014 marks Emirates’ 17th year of involvement with the Victoria Racing Club, and 11th year as Premier Partner of the Emirates Melbourne Cup. We are proud of our association with this exceptional event and with the sport of horse-racing worldwide as part of our extensive global portfolio of sponsorship partnerships. 

“This year’s German-themed marquee has provided the perfect way to honour our services to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Munich, connecting with our customers and deepening our commitment to Emirates’ global destinations.” 

The marquee menu, inspired by German culture, took guests on a culinary journey of Germany, with a modern twist on the classics such as veal schnitzel, sauerkraut and apple strudel.  German Slap Dancers entertained guests throughout the day, while some guests opted for relaxation and bliss, with a hand, shoulder or foot massage on offer in the Timeless Spa or a make-up touch up in the Lancome salon. 

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