McEvoy on Cross Counter wins prestigious Melbourne Cup 2018

McEvoy on Cross Counter wins prestigious Melbourne Cup 2018

The stallion was euthanized after fracturing his right shoulder during the first 600 metres of the 2018 Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on November 6, Australia's ABC news reported.

McEvoy timed Cross Counter's run perfectly after turning into the final straight well back in the field.

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

Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, promoted him in 2013 when trainer Mahmood al Zarooni was given an eight-year ban after a doping scandal.

The Cup had always been the nut that Sheikh Mohammed could not crack despite trying to hit it with a sledgehammer on plenty of occasions.

Cross Counter's win came 30 years after Sheikh Mohammed began his Melbourne Cup quest with Authaal who carried his maroon and white colours in 1988 and 20 years after Faithful Son became Godolphin's first runner.

"I have spoken to his highness and he's over the moon about this result."

Cross Counter's victory added another feather to Appleby's cap with the trainer having sent out Masar to win the Derby at Epsom back in June in the blue silks of Godolphin.

At least that's the view of prominent United Kingdom racing journalist Matt Chapman, who says Tuesday's Cup result has underlined just how weak Australian stayers are - and highlighted the need for change.

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"What it has done is open the floodgates for Europe winning this just about every single year", he said.

In the 158th running of Australia's "race that stops a nation", trainer Charlie Appleby saw his charge, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, lead home a 1-2-3 for British-trained runners on a very wet track at Flemington Racecourse in Victoria. "It's been a very memorable day".

"This year's victor, Cross Counter, is one of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's", she said at the post-race ceremony.

Araldo took fright from a flag-waving fan upon returning to the mounting yard after the 2014 race.

The 2018 Melbourne Cup was marred by the death of one of 24 runners.

Victorian stewards were able to avoid calling off the Melbourne Cup mid race - won by Charlie Appleby's Cross Counter - but the Lloyd Williams and Coolmore-owned The Cliffsofmoher could not be saved.

After watching video of Kerrin McEvoy galloping Cross Counter a week ago Appleby knew Sheikh Mohammed's first Cup victor was on track. "We had plenty of trips away and some good times on the track".

"It's a real problem for you lot because, bar Winx - and even the horses Winx is beating. this Melbourne Cup has just confirmed everything". Well done to Charlie and this little horse.

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