Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
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Godolphin Wins First Melbourne Cup With Cross Counter

Godolphin Wins First Melbourne Cup With Cross Counter

Godolphin has won hundreds of Group I races around the world but before today had never won the big one in Australia, despite more than 20 attempts.

McEvoy launched himself into rare company with his 2018 win, joining the likes of Glen Boss, Darby Munro and Damien Oliver as jockeys to win three Melbourne Cups.

Last year's Derby runner-up The Cliffsofmoher suffered a fatal injury in the Melbourne Cup won by Cross Counter.

On a rain-affected track and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy for trainer Charlie Appleby, Cross Counter defeated Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran in an all-northern hemisphere finish.

"I have spoken to his highness and he's over the moon about this result."
"I'll be definitely on the lookout (for a house) now".

Starting a $9 chance, Cross Counter settled in the second half of the field but producing a stirring finish to overhaul Marmelo.

Regal Monarch, trained by Chris Waller, was euthanised after falling in race four past year, while British stayer Red Cadeaux was put down two weeks after falling and breaking a leg in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

"I was back a bit further than what I wanted", McEvoy said.

Cross Counter has won the $7.05 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington, beating Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

"At 400, I had to go my own way and I was full of running". I thought mate, is this happening again?

"As I said to my lovely wife, each year, I said I know they have got to win it one year and I've got to be in their camp and it gives me a great feel to do it for Charlie Appleby and his team".

The race was marred by the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher breaking down with a reported fractured shoulder as the field passed the winning post the first time.

Hugh Bowman was found guilty of three transgressions: careless riding for allowing his horse to cause interference to Japanese runner Chestnut Coat; using the whip 12 times before the final 100 metres of the race when the limit is five; and being a kilo over his assigned weight limit.

Race-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy was a stable rider for Godolphin before parting ways to ride freelance in 2014.

Godolphin's other horses were the James Cummings-trained Avilius, who finished 23rd, and Caulfield Cup victor Best Solution, who came eighth.

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

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammad".

'We admire your horsemanship skills and ability to ride, ' Cram said in the hearing.

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