Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter wins dramatic Cup, ending Godolphin drought

Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter wins dramatic Cup, ending Godolphin drought

Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter wins dramatic Cup, ending Godolphin drought

The Melbourne Cup witnessed a fourth death since 2013 as The Cliffsofmoher was euthanised on the track.

Cross Counter was the final victor of the Melbourne Cup after a nail-biting final, taking the lead in the very last seconds of the home stretch.

There was a sad tale to the 2018 Melbourne Cup with the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher breaking down going past the winning post the first time.

Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria's manager of integrity services, confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon. Racing Victoria vets found he was lame in the near foreleg after the race.

Godolphin has tried for many years to win "The Race That Stops A Nation", and Tuesday at Flemington Racecourse in Australia, the drought ended with a victory by 3-year-old Cross Counter (GB) in the Melbourne Cup for Sheik Mohammed's team, including trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey Kerrin Mcevoy.

As soon as Moore noticed something was amiss, he eased off on the horse and allowed it to slow down in an attempt to prevent further injury and pain.

"I'm just lucky to be in a position to train these horses", said Appleby.

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"I'm getting wet here but I don't give a stuff because I'm enjoying winning my third Melbourne Cup", McEvoy said. "It's a dream. It has just been one of those wonderful years".

Leading jockey Hugh Bowman has been slapped with a one-month suspension for three separate offences following his Melbourne Cup ride aboard Marmelo.

"Our sympathies are extended to Coolmore and the Williams family, the owners of The Cliffsofmoher, jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O'Brien and his staff who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss".

"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".

In 2014 two horses Admire Rakti and Araldo were put down following the race.

"Considering Australians hate cruelty to animals, commemorating a day on which horses routinely die in the Melbourne Cup is fundamentally un-Australian", a PETA spokesman said.

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