Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter wins dramatic Cup, ending Godolphin drought

Angelo Anderson
November 8, 2018

The four-year-old gelding handed jockey Kerrin McEvoy his third victory in the famous 3,200-metre (two mile) handicap, the "race that stops a nation", with Charlie Appleby the first English trainer to claim the trophy.

The famous stable has won nearly every big race going but the Melbourne Cup had continued to elude them.

"Charlie and myself used to travel to Doncaster and Chester and all of the tracks up north in England, back when I was over there riding, and all of those miles meant this, winning the Melbourne Cup".

Morrison admitted it was only for a split second that he thought Marmelo might have been going to win when he made his charge closest to the inside.

Yet, while Appleby was quick to credit Sheikh Mohammed, it was the aforementioned McEvoy - basking in the glory of a third Melbourne Cup win - who recalled their early days on the A1, driving to meetings at Doncaster and York.

Appleby admitted on Tuesday that winning the race for the Dubai outfit ticked off a box on his bucket list, but while the English trainer was able to bask in the glory of victory, he was later also quick to praise his boss and the team. "He just needed the gaps there, that's all he needed".

"I can't tell you how good it feels", said Appleby. 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.

Melbourne Cup contender Cliffsofmoher has been euthanised on track after suffering a fractured shoulder. The horse was euthanased after the race.


"Did the rain come in at the right time?"

Cliffsofmoher jockey Ryan Moore.

"When I saw him down the back I thought he had to do a lot", the trainer said. Craziest conditions I've ridden in. "I think I've got a kilo of water in each boot". He was treated by vets for three weeks after the race, but was eventually euthanised.

Injuries and subsequent euthanization of horses in the Melbourne Cup have led to criticism of the day and the sport overall, with a growing number of Australians now turning away from the once-widely popular event.

World Animal Protection also condemned the incident, labelling the Melbourne Cup a "disgrace". It was also 20 years after Faithful Son became the first runner for the Godolphin operation in Melbourne.

"We're only a small team, so to run third in a race like this is remarkable". The victor of the first Cup, Mr Marshall, owner of Tory Boy, described it as a "monstrosity", according to the National Museum of Australia.

Trainer Charlie Fellowes had not trained a victor of any Group race before the Hotham.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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