Cross Counter storms to Melbourne Cup win

Cross Counter storms to Melbourne Cup win

Cross Counter storms to Melbourne Cup win

English stayer Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, gave Dubai-based Godolphin stable its first Melbourne Cup with victory in Australia's largest and most prestigious horse race on Tuesday.

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder", racetrack executive general manager Jamie Stier said.

"We were confident we had the right horse coming in".

Godolphin's Cross Counter has won Australia's most prestigious horse race, the Melbourne Cup, setting a series of firsts but giving jockey Kerrin McEvoy his third Cup trophy.

Frightful news. The Cliffsofmoher suffered a fractured right shoulder when injured in the Melbourne Cup, unfortunately could not be saved.

Yucatan, by the Irish sire Galileo out of the French mare Six Perfections, leads a strong foreign challenge for the 2018 Cup in which 11 of 24 runners are from the northern hemisphere.

"I've never seen anything like it to be perfectly honest", said the 23-year-old, a junior assistant trainer to his father John who has Muntahaa in the race.

Appleby's Melbourne Cup win came just days after he won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf on Friday with Line of Duty, surviving an inquiry/objection.

I've spoken to his highness (Sheikh Mohammed) and he's over the moon about this result - it's a challenge that's been a long road.

I don't know whether we go Cup racing next year, he'll probably have a bit more weight this time next year.

Dr Koukash is very confident his horse Magic Circle will win the Cup and just as determined to celebrate in a way no owner has before.

"It's such a huge thrill to win this for Sheikh Mohammed, to repay the faith that he showed in me", McEvoy said.

Racing out of barrier 19 on a rain-affected track, Cross Counter put on a withering burst of speed down the finishing straight to edge fellow British horses Marmelo and Prince of Arran and win Aus$4 million.

"We'll be back with something (next year) I can assure you".

It was a relief for McEvoy, who was blocked when Aidan O'Brien-trained Cliffsofmoher pulled up lame early in the race.

Foreign horses have won several of the key leadup races to this year.

This is not the first time a racehorse has been euthanised following an injury sustained in the Melbourne Cup.

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

In a field dominated by worldwide runners, Youngstar was the best-placed of the Australian-bred horses, the Chris Waller-trained stayer finishing sixth.

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