Six things to know about the 2018 Melbourne Cup race

James Mc Donald celebrates a victory aboard Shillelagh in the Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington on Saturday

GETTY IMAGESJames Mc Donald celebrates a victory aboard Shillelagh in the Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington on Saturday

Marmelo was second with A Prince Of Arran, victor of Saturday's Lexus Stakes at the same course, in third. Only Bobby Lewis and Harry White have won more with four victories apiece.

"When I was lucky enough to get the job, I said there were two things I wanted to do - win the Derby and the Melbourne Cup", he said.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained runner broke down just after crossing the post the first time - just 1000m after the start.

"To get the results that we're getting at the moment has just been phenomenal". Oh what a thrill, mate.

Morrison said he would love to come back for another crack at the Melbourne Cup, hopefully with Marmelo.

McEvoy's win on the 9-1 shot followed his Melbourne Cup triumphs on Almandin in 2016 and Brew in 2000.

It was Buick who was in the saddle when Cross Counter finished runner-up in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York's Ebor festival - a performance that left the gelding at the very bottom of the handicap with just eight stone to carry in the race that stops Australia.

"I'm absolutely delighted. This is everybody's dream", said Appleby, who also prepared Godolphin's first Epsom Derby victor, Masar, for his victory in June. "It's not sunk in yet".

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Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, led a British 1-2-3 in the 158th running of the Flemington contest.

"This is the one goal, we want to tick this box and win our grand final".

The CliffsofMoher had won $1.7 million dollars for his owners.Today, he broke his shoulder during the 2018 #MelbourneCup & died on track behind the notorious "green screen of death".Animals & #gambling money are a TOXIC mix.Another attractive horse dead. "It was an awesome ride by Kerrin, win, lose or draw I always knew I had the right man on there and he had a blank canvas to go out there with", he said.

"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", Speechly added. Race favourite Yucatan, also trained by O'Brien, came in a disappointing 11th.

But the weather cleared after midday, buoying a festive crowd and drying out the track from heavy to soft an hour before the race.

After turning into the straight among the tailenders, Cross Counter finished with a withering burst down the outside to record a stunning win, outlasting another United Kingdom star, Marmelo.

But he bolted home with energy to spare as a grinning McEvoy rose from his saddle.

The unfortunate incident caused serious interference to the James Cummings-trained Avilius who finished 22nd.

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