Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter wins dramatic Cup, ending Godolphin drought

Lynette Rowe
November 7, 2018

"We're seeing a growing number of Australians who feel uncomfortable about watching horse racing, and tragic incidents like these provide a catalyst for that concern".

Marmelo was second and A Prince of Arran two lengths behind in third.

The Melbourne Cup was marred by tragedy on Tuesday when the five-year-old stallion shattered his shoulder mid-race and had to be euthanised.

"Charlie and myself used to travel to Doncaster and Chester and all of the tracks up north in England, back when I was over there riding, and all of those miles meant this, winning the Melbourne Cup".

Nakeeta's connections were pleased the horse secured prizemoney by running 12th after a fifth place in the race in 2017 and the horse will return to Scotland for a break.

Yucatan, who finished 11th, pulled up lame in a near foreleg - a minor injury - but was also not in any further danger.

UPDATES: THE horse that exited midway through the Melbourne Cup - the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher - has been euthanased.

It's the first time an England-trained horse has won the Cup, with Charlie Appleby winning after several attempts.

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Racing Victoria, the governing body in Australia's southern state, said The Cliffsofmoher "was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained".

"This was an unfortunate incident that happens infrequently, with Victoria having one of the best safety records in world racing".

If he forced Cliffsofmoher to continue, it is likely the young horse would have fallen on the track.

A win for Marmelo would have completed a dream run for jockey Hugh Bowman, who has enjoyed a marvellous ride aboard superstar mare and four-time Cox Plate victor, Winx.

"RSPCA Australia has long voiced its concerns about the welfare of racehorses, including the use of inhumane devices such as whips and tongue ties, as well as the risk to injury and death during races". Trainer Adrian O'Brien told the Herald Sun things did not "look good" for the horse after the race.

"It's very sad. It could have been worse, Ryan [Moore] could have taken a fall off him, someone could have been seriously injured".

The Irish horse had earned more than $1.7 million in prizemoney.

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