Cross Counter WINS the 2018 Melbourne Cup!

Bessie Dean
November 8, 2018

Thirty years of persistence, patience and conviction had their spectacular reward when Cross Counter won the G1 Melbourne Cup for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Godolphin and Darley at Flemington, Australia, on Tuesday.

Morrison admitted it was only for a split second that he thought Marmelo might have been going to win when he made his charge closest to the inside.

Today's win on Cross Counter was jockey Kerrin McEvoy's third triumph in the race.

Fellowes took to Twitter shortly after the race to express his pride for his stable star A Prince Of Arran, who produced a career-best run in the Cup only three days after securing his place in the race with a gritty win in the Hotham Handicap.

Described as a "tragedy" by veteran Seven commentator Bruce McAvaney, the United Kingdom raider pulled up lame as the field passed the finishing post for the first time. Tabcorp's payment issues, reported just twenty minutes before the race, were also fully resolved before the race got underway at 3 pm. Oh what a thrill, mate.

"I'll be back next year".

"That insane owner is me".

Jockey McEvoy had won on Brew in 2000 and on Almandin in 2016.

"I'm just lucky I can ride light on these lovely stayers prepared unbelievably well by Godolphin and Charlie Appleby". "It's not sunk in yet".

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"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed".

The CliffsofMoher had won $1.7 million dollars for his owners.Today, he broke his shoulder during the 2018 #MelbourneCup & died on track behind the notorious "green screen of death".Animals & #gambling money are a TOXIC mix.Another handsome horse dead. "I think I've got a kilo of water in each boot".

Yucatan was among the favourites for the Ballydoyle team but he finished 11th, with pre-race rain resulting in a less than ideal surface for him.

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

Cross Counter was the final victor of the Melbourne Cup after a nail-biting final, taking the lead in the very last seconds of the home stretch.

But he bolted home with energy to spare as a grinning McEvoy rose from his saddle.

Avilius, trained by Australian James Cummings, was almost savaged early on by Marmelo (who finished second) and then faltered when The Cliffsofmoher broke down.

Chris Waller-trained Finche came in fourth to be the best of the locally prepared horses, while Japanese entrant Chestnut Coat was 14th.

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