Six things to know about the 2018 Melbourne Cup race

Six things to know about the 2018 Melbourne Cup race

The famous stable has won nearly every big race going but the Melbourne Cup had continued to elude them.

Saddled with 51kg, the lowest burden with Rostropovich, Cross Counter had work to do entering the final turn after jumping wide from barrier 19.

The Chairmen and Directors of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) later extended their sympathies, with Flemington Racecourse tweeting their condolences, "To the Williams family and the connections of The CliffsofMoher, which was euthanised after he went amiss in the Melbourne Cup".

Appleby was appointed as a Godolphin trainer in July 2013, after 15 years working for Sheikh Mohammed as a travelling head lad, stable head lad and assistant trainer.

Sheikh Mohammed has been trying to win the Melbourne Cup for 30 years.

"I have spoken to his highness and he's over the moon about this result."

IT was on their many road trips to Yorkshire that aspiring trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey Kerrin McEvoy forged a bond that culminated with Cross Counter becoming the first British victor of the Melbourne Cup.

"I wasn't sure at first we were going to run down the third horse (A Prince Of Arran) and then when we went past him I just saw the red cap (of Cross Counter) coming", he said.

Appleby admitted on Tuesday that winning the race for the Dubai outfit ticked off a box on his bucket list, but while the English trainer was able to bask in the glory of victory, he was later also quick to praise his boss and the team.

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"We'll be back with something (next year) I can assure you".

Racing out of barrier 19 on a rain-affected track, Cross Counter put on a withering burst of speed down the finishing straight to edge fellow British horses Marmelo and Prince of Arran and win Aus$4 million. "I've a good photo of him leading me on Into The Dark at Doncaster one day when he won his maiden", he said. "It's been a very memorable day".

In a statement released by Victoria Racing, the sad news was confirmed.

"This year's victor, Cross Counter, is one of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's", she said at the post-race ceremony.

Admire Rakti and Araldo were both killed in the 2014 Melbourne Cup.

One of the world's richest men, Sheikh Mohammed first tried to win the Melbourne Cup in 1988.

Kerrin McEvoy's historic ride on Cross Counter in the Melbourne Cup may have come at a big cost, after making a stunning promise to his wife Cathy before the race.

Before today, the mega stable had come away with just three second places and two thirds in the Cup.

The Newmarket-based Appleby, who gave Godolphin its first Epsom Derby victor, Masar, in June, added: "This is huge for everybody. Well done to Charlie and this little horse", McEvoy said.

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