Godolphin runner Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup

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"We were lucky, bad with that horse breaking down", McEvoy said from the back of the four-year-old.

Cross Counter is also a member of a family with which Sheikh Mohammed has been involved through four generations.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy celebrated his third win in the two-mile race, drawing level with active jockeys Damien Oliver and Glen Boss.

It tarnished a thrilling win by Cross Counter, who saluted ahead of Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

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

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

"I'm just in the very fortunate position to have a great team behind me".

"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".

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.

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"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed", Appleby told Channel 7 after the race.

The Melbourne Cup was held on Saturdays throughout the Second World War (1942-45), but these weren't classified as postponements.

"This is all for Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin, and for me to say thank you for giving me this opportunity". "It's great that an English trainer has finally won this race". It's a day I will never forget.

Japanese thoroughbred Admire Rakti also died in 2014 after collapsing in his stall after the race, while Araldo was put down after being spooked by a spectator and breaking a hind leg.

He is equally determined to celebrate by stripping down to his G-string, despite the Victoria Racing Club saying it would be a shame if the enthusiastic owner had to miss the presentation due to a "wardrobe malfunction".

"This year's victor, Cross Counter, is one of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's", she said at the post-race ceremony. We send him our best.

Before today, the mega stable had come away with just three second places and two thirds in the Cup.

It's been a stellar season for Appleby, landing his first Epsom Derby, recording a victory at the Breeders Cup meeting in Kentucky and then Tuesday's Melbourne Cup.

"This is all for His Highness and Godolphin, but for myself and the team it is a huge effort".

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