Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup

Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup

Owned by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin, Cross Counter's victory followed Masar's win this year in the Derby at Epsom, which was also a first for the Newmarket stable.

The Melbourne Cup has again been marred by the death of a horse, this time the Irish-trained The Cliffsofmoher.

Cross Counter has won the $7.05 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington, beating Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

One of the world's richest men, Sheikh Mohammed first tried to win the Melbourne Cup in 1988.

It could be particularly cold for flamboyant British billionaire Marwan Koukash who has vowed to accept the trophy in his G-string if his horse Magic Circle wins the race.

"Today's tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks these horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality", said Speechley.

But Charlie Appleby insisted the Sheikh had remained patient and unflustered - and that helped lay the foundations for Cross Counter's 2018 win. "It's just great for the team".

Jockey Ryan Moore checks on The Cliffsofmoher after it broke down in the first lap of the Melbourne Cup. It was the sixth horse to die in the race since 2013, the tweet from the anti-animal cruelty organization noted.

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

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Moore didn't comment in the jockeys room after the race.

"(They are) insane conditions.

"I am just so delighted. I think I've got a kilo of water in each boot".

Jockey Jordan Childs escaped serious injury after a fall when riding Galaxy Raider in the MSS Security Sprint more than an hour after the Melbourne Cup.

To place the significance of the outage in context, Sportsbet revealed that 26,000 bets were placed in a single minute leading into the 2017 Melbourne Cup.

But it was also noted in the coverage that the horse frequently did this before races, including when he ran without incident last start in the Caulfield Cup to finish third.

Until now it had eluded him, but Appleby delivered with just his third starter in the race. The victor of the first Cup, Mr Marshall, owner of Tory Boy, described it as a "monstrosity", according to the National Museum of Australia. Finche in fourth was the best of the Australian challengers, with O'Brien's Rostropovich fifth. This year has been so incredible, winning a Derby and now this.

"I fit into my G-string now", Koukash told racing.com three days before the race. I don't know whether we go Cup racing next year, he'll probably have a bit more weight this time next year.

"I'd like to say I was going to repeat it, but it's going to be a pretty tall order".

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