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Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter wins dramatic Cup, ending Godolphin drought

08 November, 2018, 07:11 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Corey Brown rode Rekindling to victory in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington in 2017

Number 2 horse Cliffsofmoher was injured within the first 600m of the Melbourne Cup.

Kerrin McEvoy took out his third career Melbourne Cup on Cross Counter but he may be feeling the pinch after a stunning pre-race promise to his wife Cathy.

Cross Counter's historic victory was described by his British trainer, Charlie Appleby, as "everybody's dream".

Cross Counter's Melbourne Cup victory is the first by an English horse while it also ended the Godolphin stable and owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's long quest to win the "race that stops a nation". It was also 20 years after Faithful Son became the first runner for the Godolphin operation in Melbourne.

It was a great run by the horse and McEvoy.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed".

HUGH Bowman has been suspended for a month for three charges relating to his second-placed ride on Marmelo in the Melbourne Cup.

As the first British trainer to win, he said: "I'm so lucky.to be in this position to be able to train these horses".

Avilius, trained by Australian James Cummings, was almost savaged early on by Marmelo (who finished second) and then faltered when The Cliffsofmoher broke down. "That's what it's all about, the learning curve".

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"For me, it is a very special to be here, but like I say, for a team it is just fantastic for everybody".

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

"Coming over here it was a big thing on our bucket list", said the 43-year-old Englishman, who trains in Newmarket.

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Williams has already entered the history books by becoming the first trainer to win at every racecourse - Flat or jump racing - in the United Kingdom, but came up short with Magic Circle, a six-year-old gelding he bought last October for Koukash, a former refugee from the Middle East who has built up a multimillion dollar business in England's northwest.

During the 2018 Flat season, Goldophin fielded 242 horses in Britain. "The racing industry has much work to do". "It's great that an English trainer has finally won this race".

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

"Charlie and myself used to travel to Doncaster and Chester and all of the tracks up north in England, back when I was over there riding, and all of those miles meant this, winning the Melbourne Cup. And many, many congratulations". We send him our best.

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