Cross Counter storms to Melbourne Cup win

Cross Counter storms to Melbourne Cup win

The 2018 Melbourne Cup field remains intact with twenty-four horses to do battle over the gruelling 3200m trip at Flemington today.

Melbourne Cup goers are urged to pack an umbrella and maybe some not-so-fashionable gumboots as the city braces for a deluge, with temperatures to top at a humid 20C.

McEvoy now has three Melbourne Cups after winning the race on Brew as an apprentice in 2000 and Almandin in 2016.

Charlie Appleby is congratulated by fellow Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor after Cross Counter's win.

Racehorse The CliffsofMoher has been put down after being injured during the Melbourne Cup.

Another English horse to back is Marmelo who loves the wet with a win and a place from 4 starts and is now a $13 chance.

It was also a first win in the race for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team, for whom Appleby saddled Masar to their maiden Derby win at Epsom in June.

But English jockey Ryan Moore had to pull up only 600m into the 3200m journey.

Admire Rakti was a Japanese racehorse who collapsed and died from cardiac arrest at the Melbourne Cup in 2014. I'm just in a fortunate position to have the horses to make the call on which are the right ones to bring down here.

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The Flemington track was lashed with up to 50mm of rain on the morning of the Melbourne Cup, but was the subject of two track upgrades later in the day as the sun broke through intermittently.

Regal Monarch, trained by Chris Waller, was euthanised after falling in race four a year ago, while British stayer Red Cadeaux was put down two weeks after falling and breaking a leg in the 2015 Melbourne Cup. While it's now famously run on the first Tuesday of November, it wasn't until 10 years after its inauguration that the date became the tradition.

In a field dominated by worldwide runners, Youngstar was the best-placed of the Australian-bred horses, the Chris Waller-trained stayer finishing sixth.

In that year Godolphin had so many runners in the Cup they were forced to hastily manufacture a yellow cap for Qewy to complement the blue, white, black and red ones that have been used in races when had they had four runners in the past.

Prince Of Arran only secured his place in the race with victory in the Lexus Stakes at the track on Saturday and Fellowes was delighted with his effort.

Fortunately for punters, flamboyant British billionaire Marwan Koukash's seven-year-old gelding Magic Circle didn't win despite being one of the favourites.

Cross Counter's win has spared Melburnians the sight of Koukash's outlandish planned celebration.

"I took his rug off and he looks fantastic. But he's going to be pretty hard to beat", Williams told Racenet.

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