Lloyd Williams won his fifth Melbourne Cup - a record - when his well backed Almandin wore down Irish raider Heartbreak City in a war of attrition down the Flemington straight to take the 156th Melbourne Cup for jockey Kerrin McEvoy and trainer Robert Hickmott.
It was McEvoy's second Cup win 16 years after his triumph on Brew in 2000.
The first two drew well clear of third placed Hartnell, the leading Godolphin runner, with another Godolphin candidate in Qewy running on well to take fourth place ahead of the Chris Waller trained Who Shot The Barman.
The winner was formerly trained in Germany, where he beat the 2014 victor Pretectionist when he was a younger horse.
"It’s a dream come true, " said McEvoy. "I like these staying races, and I love the Melbourne Cup.'
Heartbreak City, ridden by Joao Moreira, the "Magic Man" from Brazil almost pulled off a daring coup for Irish trainer Tony Martin, who had won England's equivalent, the Ebor Handicap, at his last start.
Ciaron Maher's well fancied mare Jameka found the challenge of winning the Melbourne Cup after her Caulfield Cup beyond her.
Almandin crossed the line in 3.20.59.
Where your horse finished in the Melbourne Cup 2016:
2. Heartbreak City
5. Who Shot Thebarman
7. Beautiful Romance
10. Big Orange
11. Grand Marshal
13. Bondi Beach
14. Grey Lion
16. Our Ivanhowe
17. Excess Knowledge
19. Sir John Hawkwood
21. Secret Number
22. Wicklow Brave
23. Curren Mirotic
24. Rose of Virginia
* This list has not yet been confirmed by the Victoria Racing Club.