Melbourne Cup 'tragedy' as horse reportedly put down

Melbourne Cup 'tragedy' as horse reportedly put down

Thirty years after having his first Melbourne Cup runner and two decades after having his first lash at the race for Godolphin, Sheikh Mohammed has finally lived his Melbourne Cup fantasy.

Last year Fairfax Media reported Godolphin recorded a Spring Carnival loss of more than $91 million when it had five runners in the Melbourne Cup.

Cross Counter won the Cup, the Charlie Appleby-trained stayer handing Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy his third Cup triumph.

The Melbourne Cup witnessed a fourth death since 2013 as The Cliffsofmoher was euthanised on the track.

The 2018 Melbourne Cup field remains intact with twenty-four horses to do battle over the gruelling 3200m trip at Flemington today.

It was Buick who was in the saddle when Cross Counter finished runner-up in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York's Ebor festival - a performance that left the gelding at the very bottom of the handicap with just eight stone to carry in the race that stops Australia.

Charlie Appleby savoured an "amazing" year after becoming the first British trainer to win the Melbourne Cup.

O'Brien, who has yet to win the Melbourne Cup, had to settle for second place a year ago with Johannes Vermeer finishing behind Rekindling, trained by his son, Joseph. I can't believe it - I'm over the moon.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed", said Appleby.




"I'm just in the very fortunate position to have a great team behind me".

"What a thrill, to do it for Sheikh Mohammed and Charlie Appleby".

Dwayne Dunn, who will ride Sir Charles Road on Tuesday, also dreams of winning a Melbourne Cup.

In the final 300 metres Cross Counter first passed the Charlie Fellowes-trained A Prince Of Arran, before edging out the fast-finishing Hughie Morrison's Marmelo to win by a length.

We saw Hugh [Bowman] beforehand and he said we would ride on patience and I said that will do me. Now in its second year, the world's richest turf race was won for a second straight time by Redzel.

A deluge of rain has seen the Flemington track downgraded numerous times, which begs the question: has the Melbourne Cup ever been cancelled?

The stewards' report listed Marmelo, as well as Aidan O'Brien's Yucatan (11th), as mildly lame after the race, while fellow Werribee resident Magic Circle (16th) displayed signs of an exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage post-race.

History shows that betting markets may not be the best guide; only eight favorites have won the race in the last 30 years and nine of the past 12 winners have been at better than 10-1.

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