Melbourne Cup 2018: Tragedy as horse euthanised after mid-race accident

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Worldwide horse racing giant Godolphin has finally won its first Melbourne Cup after more than a decade of trying, with Cross Counter winning the $7 million handicap at Flemington.

It was also first win for Godolphin, the mega-stable founded by the Vice President of the UAE and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

In that year Godolphin had so many runners in the Cup they were forced to hastily manufacture a yellow cap for Qewy to complement the blue, white, black and red ones that have been used in races when had they had four runners in the past.

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington", Stier said.

For jockey Kerrin McEvoy, it is his third Melbourne Cup, and he becomes the first jockey to complete the Everest-Cup double.

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

"For me, it is a very special to be here, but like I say, for a team it is just fantastic for everybody".

IT was on their many road trips to Yorkshire that aspiring trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey Kerrin McEvoy forged a bond that culminated with Cross Counter becoming the first British victor of the Melbourne Cup.

English trainer Charlie Appleby was full of praise for McEvoy's ride.




"It's sinking in now", Appleby said afterwards.

"I'm just blessed to be able to get one, let alone three". I can't believe it - I'm over the moon.

A Prince of Arran, who had qualified for the Cup only on Saturday when he won the Hotham Handicap on Derby Day, had been in the mix for a long time but could not match their finish, coming third.

Sportsbet said it had experienced technical issues due to "unprecedented demand and we fixed these issues as a priority". "Melbourne see you next year", Fellowes, who is the chairman of Newmarket Open Weekend, wrote on Twitter after the race.

The day is also a public holiday in the host state of Victoria, which this year experienced heavy rains causing flooding and disruption to transport in the morning leading up to the race.

Perth Racing managing director John Yovich said the best thing about the Ascot celebrations was the nine-race card on track once the Cup had run.

In the past 26 years, Godolphin horses have won 5,190 races, including 288 Group 1 wins.

UPDATE: THERE are reports the horse injured in this year's Melbourne Cup, Cliffsofmoher, has been put down.

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