McEvoy wins a wet Melbourne Cup for Sheikh

Lynette Rowe
November 8, 2018

The stallion was euthanized after fracturing his right shoulder during the first 600 metres of the 2018 Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on November 6, Australia's ABC news reported.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed", Appleby told Channel 7 after the race.

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

Injuries and subsequent euthanization of horses in the Melbourne Cup have led to criticism of the day and the sport overall, with a growing number of Australians now turning away from the once-widely popular event.

Cross Counter, trained by Charlie Appleby and quoted at 10-1, gets in at a light weight but will be having only its eighth start.

McEvoy, like Appleby, was quick to praise Sheikh Mohammed.

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the backer behind Godolphin, the biggest thoroughbred racing operation on the planet. "I'm over the moon".

The race was marred by the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher breaking down as the field passed the winning post the first time.

"I'm absolutely delighted. This is everybody's dream", said Appleby, who also prepared Godolphin's first Epsom Derby victor, Masar, for his victory in June.

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But it was also noted in the coverage that the horse frequently did this before races, including when he ran without incident last start in the Caulfield Cup to finish third.

In a ideal completion to a stellar year highlighted by Masar's Derby victory, Thunder Snow's Dubai World Cup and 27 other G1s, Cross Counter epitomised the Godolphin philosophy of pushing global boundaries and striving for perfection.

"You have all these aspirations and five years ago when I was lucky enough to get the licence people asked me what are the two races you'd like to win for Godolphin and thankfully I've just knocked the second one out", reflected Appleby. "It's been a very memorable day".

He returned past year, with success, and for the 2018 spring carnival had an early victory with Jungle Cat at Group One level.

Godolphin first entered the Melbourne Cup in 1998 with Faithful Son and has more than 900 runners a year in Australia alone.

Araldo took fright from a flag-waving fan upon returning to the mounting yard after the 2014 race. We send him our best.

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.

The Newmarket-based Appleby, who gave Godolphin its first Epsom Derby victor, Masar, in June, added: "This is huge for everybody".

"We were confident we had the right horse coming in". Well done to Charlie and this little horse.

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