Cross Counter storms to Melbourne Cup win

Cross Counter storms to Melbourne Cup win

Cross Counter storms to Melbourne Cup win

Things had gone pear-shaped plenty of times over the years including in 2016 when the Sheikh remained unfulfilled despite gang-tackling the Melbourne Cup with five runners.

"To get the job done, it was just a great achievement by the whole team but more importantly the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to get this team of horses and put us out there to go and take on the world".

"[Tuesday'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".

The win gave the Australian his third Cup win, but it was Sheikh Mohammed who gave him his first chance in the race, putting him on Beekeeper who finished third in 2002, and that ride led to McEvoy joining Godolphin.

The Godolphin stable, owned by uber-wealthy Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed, finally broke their Melbourne Cup drought.

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The first ball went for four, thanks to Hampton, before three successive sixes, two of them off waist-high no balls. In all, the duo added 178 runs for the sixth wicket to take their side to 313/7.

Caulfield Cup victor Best Solution is also a wet weather specialist, with three wins from four starts and is $13.

Speaking afterwards, Appleby said: "This is everybody's dream".

Cross Counter's victory added another feather to Appleby's cap with the trainer having sent out Masar to win the Derby at Epsom back in June in the blue silks of Godolphin.

Before the race, The Cliffsofmoher was "sweating up", which can sometimes be an indication a horse is in distress.

Godolphin's other horses were the James Cummings-trained Avilius, who finished 23rd, and Caulfield Cup victor Best Solution, who came eighth. "That's what it's all about, the learning curve".

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

I'm just in a fortunate position to have the horses to make the call on which are the right ones to bring down here". "It's a dream. It has just been one of those wonderful years". This year has been so incredible, winning a Derby and now this. "The racing industry has much work to do".

Trying to win races in Australia is even more expensive, with flights from Europe costing as much as $68,000 per animal.

"Because if you're winning over two-and-a-half miles at Ascot in a race that will be run with a true gallop, you're not going to be fast enough for a Melbourne Cup".

The stewards' report listed Marmelo, as well as Aidan O'Brien's Yucatan (11th), as mildly lame after the race, while fellow Werribee resident Magic Circle (16th) displayed signs of an exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage post-race. We send him our best.

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