Cross Counter storms to Melbourne Cup win

Melbourne Cup sweepstakes warning

Melbourne Cup sweepstakes warning

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy riding Cross Counter wins race 7 the Lexus Melbourne Cup during Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 6, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

There were awful scenes as the horses passed the finishing post for the first of two laps when fancied worldwide The Cliffsofmoher broke down mid-race.

"This is a race we have been trying to win for years and I'm just fortunate to turn up with the right horse".

The Cliffsofmoher was an Irish horse ridden by English jockey Ryan Moore.

The British horse The Cliffsofmoher was put down after he fractured his shoulder as it went past the post the first time.

O'Brien himself said: "Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around the field at home".

So too was Michael Walker on third placegetter A Prince of Arran, meaning all of the top three finishers breached the rules, along with three other riders in the race.

In fact, with Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran coming in second and third, it was a British-dominated field in Melbourne.

Online sports-betting sites crashed nationwide in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup, the busiest betting event of the year.

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The victor stormed down from the outside in the final several hundred meters for a length victory.

Sheikh Mohammed's personal Melbourne Cup drought had stretched three decades back to 1988 when he was first represented in the Cup by Authaal, trained by the late Colin Hayes, which finished 19th.

Ryan Moore pulls up The Cliffsofmoher after it broke down in the first lap of the Melbourne Cup.

"They [Godolphin] have been striving to win this race for a long time", McEvoy said.

In a statement, RSPCA Australia spokesperson Jane Speechley said: "Our thoughts are with animal lovers across the country who have been affected by this loss, and confronted by the very real risks posed by racing to the horses involved".

Appleby said it was every trainer's dream to win the Melbourne Cup.

The forecasted rain arrived early on the day of the Cup, with more than 50 millimetres falling in the hours leading up to the race.

Japan-based Chestnut Coat, trained by Yoshito Yahagi, was 14th.

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