Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup in wet conditions

Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup in wet conditions

Cross Counter capped an "amazing" year for trainer Charlie Appleby and owner Godolphin as he became the first British-trained victor of Lexus Melbourne Cup at
Flemington.

An English-trained horse had never won the Melbourne Cup, but Tuesday's result gave England a 1-2-3 finish - Hughie Morrison's Marmelo and Charlie Fellowes' A Prince of Arran joining Appleby.

Before today, the mega stable had come away with just three second places and two thirds in the Cup.

The win gave McEvoy his third Cup win, but it was Sheikh Mohammed who gave him his first chance in the race, putting him on Beekeeper who finished third in 2002, and that ride led to McEvoy joining the Godolphin team.

The race was marred by the death of one of the entries, The Cliffsofmoher, who pulled up within the first 600m with a fractured right shoulder.

Victory in the race worth A$7.3m (£4m) was a 12th triumph at the top Group One level in 2018 for Appleby - and those wins have been achieved in seven countries.

"I'm absolutely delighted. This is everybody's dream", said Appleby, who also prepared Epsom Derby victor Masar.

Appleby has not had time to think about becoming the first English trainer of a Melbourne Cup victor, with his focus on the significance of the win for Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin.

After composing himself following wild celebrations at the end of the race, Cross Counter trainer Charlie Appleby paid tribute to the man behind the historic win, which saw the three-year-old gelding become the first English runner to claim the Melbourne Cup.


Six times Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams is still very confident that McDonald will be able to find the right path from the twenty-three gate and still thinks Yucatan will be very hard to beat.

"So I can't believe it".

"It is a very special day for us all".

Sportsbet said it had experienced technical issues due to "unprecedented demand and we fixed these issues as a priority".

Foreign horses have won several of the key leadup races to this year.

A deluge of rain has seen the Flemington track downgraded numerous times, which begs the question: has the Melbourne Cup ever been cancelled?

Victoria Racing Club chairwoman Amanda Elliot paid tribute to the persistence of Sheikh Mohammed, who is also the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

"This was an unfortunate incident that happens infrequently, with Victoria having one of the best safety records in world racing", Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria's manager of integrity services, said in a statement.

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