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Cross Counter breaks Godolphin’s Melbourne Cup drought

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By ITN News Editor November 7, 2018 12:04

Cross Counter breaks Godolphin’s Melbourne Cup drought

British stayer Cross Counter won the 158th running of the Melbourne Cup, handing the powerful Godolphin stable a first win in Australia’s most famous horse race after 20 years of frustration.The Charlie Appleby-trained gelding stormed down the straight from the outside to haul in runner-up and last year’s favourite Marmelo by a length, with A Prince of Arran third in the A$7.3 million handicap.Jockey Kerrin McEvoy celebrated his third win in the gruelling two-mile race, drawing level with active jockeys Damien Oliver and Glen Boss. Only Bobby Lewis and Harry White have won more with four victories apiece.It was a relief for McEvoy, who was blocked when Aidan O’Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher pulled up lame early and was later put down on the track to add a sombre note to the celebrations at Flemington racecourse. Four year old Cross Counter is the first British-prepared horse to gallop off with the world’s richest two-mile handicap.McEvoy’s win on the 9-1 shot followed his Melbourne Cup triumphs on Almandin in 2016 and Brew in 2000.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 7, 2018 12:04
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