Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter trainer Charlie Appleby savours win in Australian race

Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter trainer Charlie Appleby savours win in Australian race

Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter trainer Charlie Appleby savours win in Australian race

The race was marred by the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher breaking down with a reported fractured shoulder as the field passed the winning post the first time.

The condition of The CliffsofMoher, which was being ridden by star English jockey Ryan Moore, is not yet known.

The Cliffsofmoher's jockey Ryan Moore looks dejected as he walks off the track, while Cross Counter's win in the Melbourne Cup plays on the big screen behind him.

A win for Marmelo would have completed a dream run for jockey Hugh Bowman, who has enjoyed a marvellous ride aboard superstar mare and four-time Cox Plate victor, Winx.

In the same 2014 race, import Araldo had to be euthanised because of an injury suffered when he was returning to scale.

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Visibly distressed from the moment he had to take a knee in the centre of the ring, Burnett managed to survive the remainder of the round.

"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", RSPCA Australia spokesperson Jane Speechley said.

The 38-year-old from Streaky Bay, South Australia rode Brew to victory in the 2000 Melbourne Cup, and followed that win in 2016 with victory on board Almandin.

So too was Michael Walker on third placegetter A Prince of Arran, meaning all of the top three finishers breached the rules, along with three other riders in the race.

"In that field alone, horses were hit with whips several hundred times at least, with the highest number of hits occurring in the final 100 metres, when they are already exhausted".

The Irish stallion had raced 17 times before today for three wins and five placings.

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Red Cadeaux died in 2015 a fortnight after sustaining an injury during the Melbourne Cup.

"I'm getting wet here but I don't give a stuff because I'm enjoying winning my third Melbourne Cup".

The Melbourne Cup and America's Kentucky Derby have long eluded Sheikh Mohammed.

It was the 158th running of the 3,200-meter race and had a purse of 7.3 million Australian dollars ($5.3m).

Magic Circle, a stayer which had won its last two starts by a combined margin of 12 lengths, was well-backed at 9-1 but finished 16th in the 24-horse field.

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