McEvoy on Cross Counter wins prestigious Melbourne Cup 2018

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Appleby said the Melbourne Cup had been on his "bucket list for a long time". Appleby was appointed as a Godolphin trainer in July 2013, after 15 years working for Sheikh Mohammed as a travelling head lad, stable head lad and assistant trainer.

Charlie Appleby, trainer of Cross Counter, became the first Englishman to ever train a Melbourne Cup victor.

"I'd like to say I was going to repeat it, but it's going to be a pretty tall order".

The Cliffsofmoher's death is the third time in five years a horse has died after running in the Melbourne Cup - an bad record for the country's most prestigious turf event, and far in excess of the usual rate of fatalities in racing.

"This is huge for everybody".

'It was just an fantastic effort by the jockey that needs to be acknowledged'.

An English-trained horse had never won the Melbourne Cup, but Tuesday's result gave England a 1-2-3 finish - Hughie Morrison's Marmelo and Charlie Fellowes' A Prince of Arran joining Appleby.

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McEvoy paid tribute to the Godolphin team, the South Australian putting an exclamation mark on an already superb spring after he had piloted Redzel to victory in The Everest, the world's richest race on turf, last month.

The horse's trainer, Aidan O'Brien, said he was relieved jokey Moore was unharmed.

McEvoy was slapped with a $3000 fine following his winning ride on Cross Counter after he reportedly used the whip four more times than he was allowed to during the final 400m of the race.

Cliffs of Moher, run as The Cliffsofmoher in Australia, suffered catastrophic injury when breaking down early in the 2018 Melbourne Cup, reported after Tuesday's race (off late Monday ET in the United States).

"Considering Australians hate cruelty to animals, commemorating a day on which horses routinely die in the Melbourne Cup is fundamentally un-Australian".

"I did promise (the kids) a swimming pool", McEvoy said.

Morrison admitted he thought Marmelo and Hugh Bowman had stolen a winning margin at the furlong and said the six-year-old was simply beaten by a talented horse with a significant 4kg weight swing.

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