Shocking wins Melbourne Cup
Shocking’s victory was also a tonic for Kavanagh who has endured a frustrating spring.
His top galloper Maldivian suffered a campaign-ending injury, Whobetgotyou started favourite in the Cox Plate but was unplaced while pre-post Victoria Derby favourite Shamoline Warrior was ruled out of the Classic on race morning with a temperature.
Kavanagh said he gave Shocking, who won Saturday’s Lexus Classic at his final Cup lead-up, little chance in the run.
"I didn’t give him a hope in the run when he was trapped deep," he said.
"He was so good on Saturday and he’d improved since that run.
"His preparation was timed to perfection and he came right at the right time.
"I didn’t expect to win it. It hasn’t sunk in yet."
Sentimental favourite Viewed settled well back in the field and made late ground but never seriously threatened.