Lloyd Williams-owned Almandin has won the 2016 Melbourne Cup amidst a flurry of controversy.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy, riding his second Melbourne Cup winner, has enraged fellow jockeys and sparked conspiracy theory claims amongst punters by refusing to dismount his horse for hours following the completion of the race.
Rumours trackside from industry insiders have suggested that the reason for their stubborn non-separation is that prior to the race, McEvoy and Almandin took part in a risky horse-grafting procedure in which the horse and rider were fused together physically to create a man-horse, not unlike the legendary centaur. Animal scientists hypothesise that this may have resulted in an 'accelerated symbiosis' in which man and beast were able to work together in perfect synchronicity from a single consciousness.
Mr Williams, attending his first Melbourne Cup since 1996, scoffed at the claims and even made some accusations of his own.
"It's utterly ridiculous. If we wanted to create some sort of Dr. Moreau abomination we wouldn't have combined man and horse - we would have made a horse-rabbit for steeplechase, or a horse-horse for twice the horse.
"Plus, did anyone notice Heartbreak City was hovering? If you look closely at the footage I doubt you'll ever see her feet touch the ground."
From atop his steed, McEvoy refuted the claims.
"It's just jealousy. I've accomplished something I never thought I'd accomplish again and all these people want to do is take away from my big day.
"To suggest Almandin and I are working from the same brain is outrageous."
"Just let us celebrate," the horse added.