Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup

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The statement added: "Hundreds of thousands of our customers enjoyed a punt on the big race".

EARLIER: FEARS are growing for the future of The Cliffsofmoher after the Aidan O'Brien-trained galloper was forced to exit midway through the Melbourne Cup.

"We collided with the horse that broke down pretty hard and it put us out of play completely", Avilius' jockey Glyn Schofield said. Until today, he'd left each year disappointed.

Two of his three Cup wins have come since that move. That's a fair dent in the bank balance for most folk, but it doesn't seem so bad when you find out the Sheikh is reportedly worth almost $25 billion.

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.

When he started training five years ago he named The Derby and Melbourne Cup as the two races he most wanted to win.

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Prince of Arran came third. It's sinking in now.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed, he's the one that's given us all the encouragement to take the chances in what we do internationally", Appleby said.

The victory had strong a connection to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley stallion operation through his sire Teofilo for whom he became a 15th G1 victor. In the past 26 years, Godolphin horses have won 5,190 races, including 288 Group 1 wins.

He said: "It was an unbelievable run - I'm completely speechless".

"I was delighted what I saw and more so after I'd spoken to Kerrin". It's a challenge that's been a long road.

"This is all for Sheikh Mohammed and the royal family and
Godolphin, and for me to say thank you for giving me this opportunity", he said.

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"It is a very special day for us all".

The day is also a public holiday in the host state of Victoria, which this year experienced heavy rains causing flooding and disruption to transport in the morning leading up to the race.

Japanese thoroughbred Admire Rakti also died in 2014 after collapsing in his stall after the race, while Araldo was put down after being spooked by a spectator and breaking a hind leg. "I hope he's watching". "We had plenty of trips away and some good times on the track".

The $4 million first place prizemoney awarded to the Cup victor will likely mean far less to the Sheik than the bragging rights he's claimed.

The Melbourne Cup has been marred by the death of star United Kingdom galloper The CliffsofMoher. It was also 20 years after Faithful Son became the first runner for the Godolphin operation in Melbourne.

But this time it was different. But having seen the English stayer, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, reach the winning post ahead of an impressive field at Flemington race track, the winning trainer revealed that Sheikh Mohammed had been involved in the planning of Cross Counter's Cup campaign right from the start.

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