Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup Flemington

Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup Flemington

Appleby, who said Godolphin's first Melbourne Cup win would only increase their hunger to win the great race again in future years, paid Kerrin McEvoy an enormous tribute for the win.

The Charlie Appleby-trained gelding stormed down the straight from the outside to haul in runner-up and last year's favorite Marmelo by a length, with A Prince of Arran third in the A$7.3 million ($5.26 million) handicap.

The win gave the Australian his third Cup win, but it was Sheikh Mohammed who gave him his first chance in the race, putting him on Beekeeper who finished third in 2002, and that ride led to McEvoy joining Godolphin.

Caulfield Cup victor Best Solution is also a wet weather specialist, with three wins from four starts and is $13.

"It was the Derby and the Melbourne Cup so I'm just so thrilled to have been able to do that".

There were awful scenes as the horses passed the finishing post for the first of two laps when fancied worldwide The Cliffsofmoher broke down mid-race.

"You get out of bed very early and spend a lot of time on the back of horses".

"That insane owner is me".

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

And despite coming so close to winning Australia's most famous race in his second attempt with Marmelo, trainer Hughie Morrison was understandably proud at the performance of the stayer to run second to the younger and lighter-weighted Cross Counter.

He said: "It was an unbelievable run - I'm completely speechless". "It's not sunk in yet".

McEvoy, like Appleby, was quick to praise Sheikh Mohammed. But whoever had won it, we would have all been congratulating one another.

"As I said to my lovely wife, each year, I said I know they have got to win it one year and I've got to be in their camp and it gives me a great feel to do it for Charlie Appleby and his team".

"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.

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

McEvoy timed Cross Counter's run perfectly after turning into the final straight well back in the field.

Godolphin's other entrants Best Solution, victor of the prestigious Caulfield Cup in the leadup, and Avilius finished eighth and 22nd respectively.

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

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