Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup

Silvia Morton
November 8, 2018

But having seen the English stayer, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, reach the winning post ahead of an impressive field at Flemington race track, the winning trainer revealed that Sheikh Mohammed had been involved in the planning of Cross Counter's Cup campaign right from the start. He now joins Damien Oliver on three wins, behind only Bobby Lewis and Harry White with four victories.

Injuries and subsequent euthanization of horses in the Melbourne Cup have led to criticism of the day and the sport overall, with a growing number of Australians now turning away from the once-widely popular event.

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. Oh what a thrill, mate. I thought mate, is this happening again?

"We all mature at different times and I suspect we're less mature than the victor". In the past 26 years, Godolphin horses have won 5,190 races, including 288 Group 1 wins.

"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.

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". "It's not sunk in yet".

It has taken 30 years and millions of dollars, but Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum can now finally call himself a Melbourne Cup victor.

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"This is the one goal, we want to tick this box and win our grand final".

"It's a real problem for you lot because, bar Winx - and even the horses Winx is beating. this Melbourne Cup has just confirmed everything".

"I popped the cheek pieces (winkers) on to make sure the horse travelled and Kerrin got a nice feel out of him, but more importantly I wanted the work to be good work so he would come forward for it. He's got an astute brain and winning mentality so he knows where to find those gaps".

Yucatan was among the favourites for the Ballydoyle team but he finished 11th, with pre-race rain resulting in a less than ideal surface for him.

Initial punting analysis was thrown out the window with a downpour of rain on Tuesday morning causing a major track downgrade leading up to the famous race.

But he bolted home with energy to spare as a grinning McEvoy rose from his saddle.

Avilius, trained by Australian James Cummings, was almost savaged early on by Marmelo (who finished second) and then faltered when The Cliffsofmoher broke down.

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