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Cross Counter claims historic British triumph in Australia's Melbourne Cup

Cross Counter claims historic British triumph in Australia's Melbourne Cup

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.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed".

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

The Cliffsofmoher becomes the 6th horse to die as a result of the Melbourne Cup since 2013.

"What a thrill, to do it for Sheikh Mohammed and Charlie Appleby".

One of the most influential racing operations in the world, the Sheikh Mohammed-backed stable has been trying to win the Melbourne Cup since 1998. I'm just delighted that I can repay his Highness Sheikh Mohammed for putting me in this position, and trusting me in the position to do what I'm doing.

Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin racing powerhouse has three horses - Avilius, Cross Counter and Caulfield Cup victor Best Solution - in this year's Cup.

The 8-1 chance Cross Counter, who broke the track record when winning the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in the summer, won by a length from the Hughie Morrison-trained Marmelo, with A Prince Of Arran third for Charlie Fellowes.

"It's great to be stood here and it's fantastic for Godolphin", Appleby told CNN affiliate Seven News Australia after Cross Counter and McEvoy's win.




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.

"I'll be back next year".

"I can't thank everyone enough. I've a good photo of him leading me on Into The Dark at Doncaster one day when he won his maiden", he said.

Racing Victoria vets found he was lame in the near foreleg after the race. Topweight Best Solution, from the Godolphin stable of Saeed Bin Suroor, posted his third consecutive Group One victory in the Caulfield Cup over 1 ½ miles.

In 2014 two horses Admire Rakti and Araldo were put down following the race.

One of sport's greatest hoodoos is no more and the billion-dollar Sheikh, whose earliest memory was galloping through the desert on a white stallion with his father, can finally say he is a Melbourne Cup victor. "And a third Melbourne Cup, woo!" said an ecstatic McEvoy, who also won in 2000 and 2016. We send him our best.

The Newmarket-based Appleby, who gave Godolphin its first Epsom Derby victor, Masar, in June, added: "This is huge for everybody".

Cross Counter spent a week sidelined after a cut reduced the gelding to box rest and walking duties overcoming the hiccup. "Well done to Charlie and this little horse", McEvoy said.