For Jack Bongiorno, the magic of the Melbourne Cup never fades. A sales director at high-end Melbourne real estate agency Marshall White, Jack won the Cup in 2013 as a part owner of Fiorente and is hopeful that this year his Graeme Begg-trained mare, Lunar Flare, will give him another Melbourne Cup win.
Lunar Flare made headlines last year when she won her way into the 2022 Cup via victory in The Bart Cummings (2500m), only to be scratched the morning of "the race that stops a nation™". This year she has once again earned herself a ballot exemption into the Lexus Melbourne Cup after winning the Lexus Andrew Ramsden (2800m).
Jack has several pre-race superstitions; he won’t touch the Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy and never takes part in Melbourne Cup sweeps. Owning runners in the race has taught him that the lead-up is something to be savoured because the outcome may not always match an owner’s dreams.