Melbourne Cup: UK galloper The CliffsofMoher put down after serious injury

Dr Koukash at the barrier draw

Dr Koukash at the barrier draw

Cross Counter has won the $7.3million Melbourne Cup (3200m), fulfilling Godolphin's long-held ambition to win the famous race.

Godolphin's owner, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, had spent a fortune sending horses to the "race that stops a nation" over two decades and now tastes victory after linking up with Newmarket trainer Appleby.

Cross Counter started at a $9 chance and initially settled in the second half of the field, but came through for victory, overtaking Marmelo, another British horse, in the last seconds of the race. "It's a huge thrill to win this race, as I said in the press yesterday, to repay a bit of faith that he showed in me".

Cross Counter has stormed home to win the 2018 Melbourne Cup.

Marmelo looked the victor when he hit the front at the 200m but was run down late by Cross Counter and eventually went under by a length. I thought mate, is this happening again?

Regal Monarch, trained by Chris Waller, was euthanised after falling in race four past year, while British stayer Red Cadeaux was put down two weeks after falling and breaking a leg in the 2015 Melbourne Cup. The horse could not be saved and was euthanised.

Today's win on Cross Counter was jockey Kerrin McEvoy's third triumph in the race.

Charlie Appleby, trainer of Cross Counter, became the first Englishman to ever train a Melbourne Cup victor.

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"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammad". He's the one that's given us the encouragement to take the chances in what we do.

"We have campaigned over here the last three years now and have been competitive but we have always learnt each trip what horse we felt was going to be needed on the big day".

The Cliffsofmoher, prepared by master trainer Aidan O'Brien, pulled up lame early in the gruelling 3200-metre handicap won by Cross Counter, and was later put down on the track after vets found the five-year-old stallion had broken a shoulder.

The official winning margin was one length, with A Prince of Arran a further two lengths back from Marmelo in third place.

The race was run after more than 45mm of rain lashed Flemington on Tuesday.

Rostropovich was the best of Aidan O'Brien's three runners in finishing fifth while his stablemate Yukatan wound up 11th as the $6 favourite.

"Geez it's wet", Mark Zahra, jockey of first victor of the day Bella Rosa, told Channel 7 after his win.

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