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Melbourne Cup Racehorse The Cliffsofmoher Euthanised After Injury

Melbourne Cup Racehorse The Cliffsofmoher Euthanised After Injury”

Victory not only handed Great Britain a first victory in the Lexus Melbourne Cup but also earned Goldolphin a much-coveted and sought-after success in the famous race.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed".

After turning into the straight among the tailenders, Cross Counter finished with a withering burst down the outside to record a stunning win, outlasting another United Kingdom star, Marmelo.

An English-trained horse had never won the Melbourne Cup - the result gave England a 1-2-3.

Cross Counter's Melbourne Cup victory is the first by an English horse while it also ended the Godolphin stable and owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's long quest to win the "race that stops a nation". I'm just delighted that I can repay his Highness Sheikh Mohammed for putting me in this position, and trusting me in the position to do what I'm doing.

"I'm just lucky I can ride light on these lovely stayers prepared unbelievably well by Godolphin and Charlie Appleby".

This year has been so incredible, winning a Derby and now this.

British trainers Hughie Morrison and Charlie Fellowes were quick to heap praise on the gallant Melbourne Cup runs of Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

"I can't thank everyone enough".

"It is a very special day for us all".

Aidan O'Brien's head lad TJ Comerford was seen speaking to stewards more than an hour before the Cup, but a Racing Victoria spokesperson said it was only for clarification over what riding tactics the stable might use in the race. Godolphin's Cross Counter, a four-year-old gelding with just seven race starts, along with another British challenger Magic Circle, trained by Ian Williams, took most of the punters' money in the minutes ahead of the race.

In the same 2014 race, import Araldo had to be euthanised because of an injury suffered when he was returning to scale.

Yucatan, by the Irish sire Galileo out of the French mare Six Perfections, leads a strong foreign challenge for the 2018 Cup in which 11 of 24 runners are from the northern hemisphere. "We had plenty of trips away and some good times on the track". The winning jockey, Australian Kerrin McEvoy now has three Melbourne Cups to his name after winning the race on Brew as an apprentice in 2000 and Almandin in 2016.

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

"Today's tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks these horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality". Well done to Charlie and this little horse.



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