Godolphin Wins First Melbourne Cup With Cross Counter

  • Godolphin Wins First Melbourne Cup With Cross Counter

Godolphin Wins First Melbourne Cup With Cross Counter

"Well done, Charlie. Great effort and it's third my Melbourne Cup", McEvoy said.

"We thought we almost had it, as I assume Charlie (Appleby) did". I'm just delighted that I can repay his Highness Sheikh Mohammed for putting me in this position, and trusting me in the position to do what I'm doing.

Marmelo was second with A Prince Of Arran, victor of Saturday's Lexus Stakes at the same course, in third.

A decision to target the Melbourne Cup fresh this year has nearly achieved the dream result for connections of English-trained stayer Marmelo at Flemington.

"Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around the field at home", O'Brien said.

"But when you have the master like Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle, he takes a lot of confidence in and down the back straight I could see what he was trying to do".

The Cliffsofmoher was euthanised on the track after fracturing his shoulder early in the Melbourne Cup.

"We've been competitive, but we've learnt more on each trip about what will make us more competitive", said Appleby, who was saddling his third Melbourne Cup entry after stepping up from assistant trainer in 2013 following the eight-year ban handed to then Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni for illegally administering steroids to some of his horses.

McEvoy's win on the 9-1 shot followed his Melbourne Cup triumphs on Almandin in 2016 and Brew in 2000.

Marmelo and A Prince of Arran ran second and third respectively, as race favourites Yucatan and Magic Circle failed to deliver on pre-race expectations.

"That's what it's all about, the learning curve".

The Cliffsofmoher is one of more than 100 horses killed on Australian racetracks each year.

Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, led a British 1-2-3 in the 158th running of the Flemington contest.

"I promised (my four kids) a swimming pool".

"This is the one goal, we want to tick this box and win our grand final".

Cross Counter's victory was the first time a British-trained horse has won the race at Flemington, this year valued at $7.3m.

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.

Vets rushed to the scene moments after the incident and put up green tarpulin while they treated the horse, but unfortuantely the 5-year-old could not be saved.

That's because of increasing attention being given to The Everest in mid-October.