Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup for Godolphin steady

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06 Nov 2018, 14:18 IST
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — English stayer Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, gave Dubai-based Godolphin steady its first Melbourne Cup with victory in Australia’s largest and most prestigious horse race on Tuesday.

The race was marred when the Aidan O’Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher broke down on the successful publish the primary time round, breaking its proper shoulder. The horse was euthanized after the race at Flemington.

The Cliffsofmoher was an Irish horse ridden by English jockey Ryan Moore.

“It’s with disappointment that we verify that The Cliffsofmoher needed to be humanely euthanized after sustaining a fractured proper shoulder,” race observe government basic supervisor Jamie Stier mentioned. “The horse obtained quick veterinary care, nonetheless it was unable to be saved as a result of nature of the damage sustained.”

The RSPCA in Australia later tweeted that the horse was the sixth to die within the Melbourne Cup since 2013, and “highlights the very actual dangers to horses from racing.”

Cross Counter, a four-year-old bay gelding educated by Charlie Appleby and based mostly at Newmarket, England, was quoted early at 10 to 1. It was solely Cross Counter’s eighth begin, however he had missed a top-two end solely as soon as.

Marmelo was second and A Prince of Arran two lengths behind in third.

An English-trained horse had by no means received the Melbourne Cup, however Tuesday’s outcome gave England a 1-2-Three end — Hughie Morrison’s Marmelo and Charlie Fellowes’ A Prince of Arran becoming a member of Appleby.

The winner stormed down from the skin within the remaining a number of hundred meters for a size victory. Cross Counter was third-last on the primary flip

“We had been fortunate to get via, mentioned McEvoy, who received the Melbourne Cup for the third time. “What a area to do it in. They (Godolphin) have been striving to win this race for a very long time.”

“Charlie and myself used to journey to Doncaster and Chester and all the tracks up north in England, again after I was over there using, and all of these miles meant this, successful the Melbourne Cup.”

Through the trophy presentation, rain which had affected the lead-up to the race once more began to fall at Flemington.

“I am getting moist right here however I do not give a stuff as a result of I am having fun with successful my third Melbourne Cup,” McEvoy mentioned.

Appleby mentioned the Melbourne Cup had been on his “bucket checklist for a very long time.”

It was the 158th operating of the three,200-meter (two-mile) race and had a handbag of seven.Three million Australian {dollars} ($5.Three million).

The forecasted rain arrived early on the day of the Cup, with greater than 50 millimeters (2 inches) falling within the hours main as much as the race.

One other Aidan O’Brien horse, Yucatan, had gone off as early favourite, however completed 11th.

Magic Circle, a stayer which had received its final two begins by a mixed margin of 12 lengths, was well-backed at 9-1 however completed 16th within the 24-horse area.

Japan-based Chestnut Coat, educated by Yoshito Yahagi, was 14th.

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