A one-two punch from stablemates First Courrier and Feisty Fox floored favourite backers as Robert and Luke Price got off to the perfect start on Melbourne Cup day at Kembla Grange.
The Prices' duo caused a minor boil-over when they knocked off the Bjorn Baker-trained D'Oro Rain ($1.45) and fought out the finish in the Genesis Shellharbour Benchmark 64 Handicap (1400m).
Aided by a perfect ride from Jess Taylor, First Courrier ($6) edged out Feisty Fox ($9.50) by a half neck, with Gwenda Markwell's Bolord ($9) a 1-1/4 lengths back in third.
"First Courrier horse only got beat a whisker in a pretty strong race at Hawkesbury when he was first up and was a bridesmaid all preparation so it's a good way to start," Co-trainer Luke Price said.
"Feisty Fox was still as honest as they come. She just over-raced a bit probably mid race which cost her the last 100m.
"Going forward they are both going well so it's a good way to start Cup day.
"I thought they were out best chances all day, but you can only wait and see."
Despite a soft lead, D’Oro Rain folded up badly over the final 150m and finished second last. Meanwhile, Jess Taylor completed a double for the day when she booted home So Magic in the last.