Published: Thu, November 08, 2018

Cross Counter is the 2018 Melbourne Cup victor

Cross Counter is the 2018 Melbourne Cup victor

Appleby was appointed as a Godolphin trainer in July 2013, after 15 years working for Sheikh Mohammed as a travelling head lad, stable head lad and assistant trainer.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed".

The win gives the global racing operation Godolphin its first Cup win, while jockey Kerrin McEvoy won for the third time.

"When I saw him down the back I thought he had to do a lot", the trainer said.

In Australia, we aren't accustomed to wet weather racing so who will be favoured by a wet track or rain during the race?

Cross Counter is listed as a four year in the form guide for the Melbourne Cup but is actually still a three year old back in the Northern Hemisphere and emulated the feats of last year's Melbourne Cup victor Rekindling who was also a Northern Hemisphere three year old.

"We'd considered being closer to the pace but you have to let him make those split-second decisions and nine times out of ten he's right".

"This is huge for everybody. This year has just been one of those awesome years".

His Cross Counter, a three-year-old bay gelding ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, came from the outside to beat Marmelo by a length to bring home the $2.8 million Melbourne Cup following years of disappointment for the billionaire Dubai ruler.

"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".

It comes four days after he claimed the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in the United States with Line Of Duty.

"Today's tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks these horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality", said Speechley. "It was an fantastic ride by Kerrin, win, lose or draw I always knew I had the right man on there and he had a blank canvas to go out there with", he said.

The Cliffsofmoher suffered a fractured right shoulder and had to be euthanised.

He timed his charge to perfection, taking the lead in the final strides for a third Melbourne Cup victory, with his family set to benefit from his slice of the prize money estimated at $200,000 (£110,000).

"I did promise (the kids) a swimming pool".

Fellow Australian Hugh Bowman, the rider of runner-up Marmelo, was given a 35-meeting ban for careless riding, excessive whip use and weighing in overweight.

Craig Williams still needs a Melbourne Cup win to join a select group of jockeys to have won a Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper.

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