Godolphin runner Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup

Ruben Ruiz
November 6, 2018

Mcevoy gave the son of Teofilo a spark late to hit the wire in front of Marmelo, ridden by Winx's jockey Hugh Bowman, in the two-mile race.

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder", racetrack executive general manager Jamie Stier said.

English jockey Ryan Moore was forced to pull The Cliffsofmoher up with a lap to run in the Cup.

The 8-1 chance Cross Counter, who broke the track record when winning the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in the summer, won by a length from the Hughie Morrison-trained Marmelo, with A Prince Of Arran third for Charlie Fellowes.

"Today's tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks these horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality".

"He was very responsive and he quickened very nicely for me, I was there with 100m to go, full credit to Charlie Appleby and the team, it is a huge thrill to win Sheikh Mohammed's first Melbourne Cup". Cross Counter was third-last on the first turn.

The Cliffsofmoher's jockey Ryan Moore looks dejected as he walks off the track, while Cross Counter's win in the Melbourne Cup plays on the big screen behind him. "What a field to do it in". The win also represented another first: the breaking of Godolphin and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's 30-year drought at the race.

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During the trophy presentation, rain which had affected the lead-up to the race again started to fall at Flemington.

"It's fantastic to be second in a Melbourne Cup, but to be second when you almost won [is hard]", Morrison said.

"Coming over here it was a big thing on our bucket list", said the 43-year-old Englishman, who trains in Newmarket.

It was the 158th running of the 3,200-meter race and had a purse of 7.3 million Australian dollars ($5.3m).

"I'm just lucky to be in a position to train these horses", said Appleby.

Japan-based Chestnut Coat, trained by Yoshito Yahagi, was 14th.

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