Godolphin Wins First Melbourne Cup With Cross Counter

Danny Woods
November 6, 2018

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 attractive horse dead.

Vets were soon in attendance, with tarpaulins going up around the horse to shield it from public view.

English jockey Ryan Moore was forced to pull The Cliffsofmoher up with a lap to run in the Cup.

While Avilius' 22nd-placing may look like a flop on paper, the Godolphin galloper was severely interfered with when The Cliffsofmoher went amiss early in the race.

Parties galore are also in store across Perth, some of the biggest being held at Market Grounds, Henry Summer, The Stables, The Bach Club and, of course, Crown Perth, which a year ago hosted 24,000 WA racing fans on Cup day and expects even more today.

Godolphin has tried for many years to win "The Race That Stops A Nation", and Tuesday at Flemington Racecourse in Australia, the drought ended with a victory by 3-year-old Cross Counter (GB) in the Melbourne Cup for Sheik Mohammed's team, including trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey Kerrin Mcevoy.

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.

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"At the 1000m I was on the back of Yucatan, which at that stage I thought he would take me where I needed to get to, still under the impression I was a fair way back given the tempo they had gone".

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. "He's really sweating up badly".

Admire Rakti was a Japanese racehorse who collapsed and died from cardiac arrest at the Melbourne Cup in 2014.

Last year, Regal Monarch fell in race four on Melbourne Cup day.

O'Brien himself said: "Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around the field at home".

The horse was put down as a result of the injuries sustained.

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