Melbourne Cup Racehorse The Cliffsofmoher Euthanised After Injury

Magic Circle is among the favorites for the 2018 Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 6

Magic Circle is among the favorites for the 2018 Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 6

Cross Counter's triumph also capped a similarly brilliant year for his trainer Charlie Appleby and his team and for jockey, Kerrin McEvoy.

Appleby described the win as "everybody's dream".

Appleby has progressed from stable boy and head lad to helping revive one of flat racing's superpowers.

"We have had a couple of testing weeks as everybody knows, but I said to them it makes you stronger in life and he has risen to the occasion". "I'm just delighted. What a ride".

It was also a first win in the race for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team, for whom Appleby saddled Masar to their maiden Derby win at Epsom in June.

Despite the downpours, Flemington track manager Liam O'Keeffe, remains confident that the track will hold up for the race that stops the nation today.

And he did so despite suffering a training setback and interference which also cost his stablemate Avilius any chance.

"Charlie was travelling head lad when I was with Godolphin in the United Kingdom and we used to head up to all the Northern tracks a lot of the time".

Marmelo was second with A Prince Of Arran, victor of Saturday's Lexus Stakes at the same course, in third.

Australia's leading Group One trainer Chris Waller has three contenders in Finche, Youngstar and Who Shot Thebarman.

Racing out of barrier 19 on a rain-affected track, Cross Counter put on a withering burst of speed down the finishing straight.

Favorite Yucatan, prepared by O'Brien, finished 11th, with the Irishman's other entrant Rostropovich fifth in a disappointing race for the master trainer.

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The race was marred when the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher broke down at the winning post the first time around, breaking its right shoulder.

"We were lucky to get through, said McEvoy, who won the Melbourne Cup for the third time".

Jockey McEvoy had won on Brew in 2000 and on Almandin in 2016.

"It was the Derby and the Melbourne Cup so I'm just so thrilled to have been able to do that".

"That's what it's all about, the learning curve".

"I always thought he was the horse to worry about".

"This is huge for everybody".

McEvoy brought Cross Counter ($9) from well back in the second half of the field to run down Hugh Bowman's mount Marmelo ($12) to record a one length victory with A Prince Of Arran ($21) in third place making it an English trifecta.

He said he had spoken to Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, who was "over the moon" with the result.

Cross Counter and Kerrin McEvoy win the Melbourne Cup.

Godolphin's Cross Counter, a four-year-old gelding with just seven race starts, along with another British challenger Magic Circle, trained by Ian Williams, took most of the punters' money in the minutes ahead of the race.

That's because of increasing attention being given to The Everest in mid-October.

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