Cross Counter WINS the 2018 Melbourne Cup!

Lawrence Kim
November 8, 2018

Melbourne Cup day has proved a lethal undertaking for runners in recent years, with six horses killed after complications since 2013.

Sheikh Mohammed spoke regularly with Appleby over the past few months as they formulated the plan to get Cross Counter in the $7.3 million Melbourne Cup.

In fact, with Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran coming in second and third, it was a British-dominated field in Melbourne.

English trainer Charlie Appleby was full of praise for McEvoy's ride.

"If we didn't have to run three days ago and if we hadn't have got the rain, jeez he would have gone close", Fellowes said. "I'm just in a fortunate position to have the horses to make the call on which are the right ones to bring down here". "It's just great for the team".

Sadly, No.2 The Cliffsofmoher was injured early on and failed to finish. The horse could not be saved and was euthanised.

Immediately after the race, Aidan O'Brien conceded it "didn't look good".

Ahead of the Bumble Stakes warm-up race, jockey Beau Mertens said the conditions were "crazy" and that visibility was severely limited by the downpour.

Morrison said he would love to come back for another crack at the Melbourne Cup, hopefully with Marmelo. Craziest conditions I've ridden in.

"I always thought he was the horse to worry about".

A horse has been euthanised after suffering an injury in the Melbourne Cup.

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Protesters used the opportunity on Tuesday to highlight animal rights and the country's treatment of refugees. It was also 20 years after Faithful Son became the first runner for the Godolphin operation in Melbourne.

Until now it had eluded him, but Appleby delivered with just his third starter in the race. The victor of the first Cup, Mr Marshall, owner of Tory Boy, described it as a "monstrosity", according to the National Museum of Australia.

"People go to work in the morning then leave for the track at lunchtime", he said, adding he supports the Melbourne Cup becoming a national public holiday.

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

"He's [Cliffsofmoher] the latest in a long line of dead horses", the representative said, according to the Daily Mail.

Cross Counter's win has spared Melburnians the sight of Koukash's outlandish planned celebration.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed, he's the one that's given us all the encouragement to take the chances in what we do internationally", Appleby told the website of Godolphin, the Maktoum family's global horse-racing stable founded by the Dubai ruler in 1992.

"If I could win it, it's going to be the greatest race on earth". "I didn't know what to expect really", Appleby admitted.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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