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Cross Counter wins the 2018 Melbourne Cup

6 November 2018 4:24 AM
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Second home was another English-trained galloper in Marmelo, ridden by Winx's regular rider Hugh Bowman, for trainer Hugh Morrison.

Third place went to yet another English-trained horse in A Prince of Arran, from the Newmarket yard of young handler Charlie Fellowes. He was partnered by expatriat New Zealander Michael Walker, who has called Melbourne home for most of the last decade.

The first Australian-trained runner to finish was fourth placed Finche, prepared by Chris Waller, although that must be marked with an asterisk. Finche was formerly trained in France and only came to this country a few weeks before the Cup to be prepared by the man who has guided superstar Winx's career.

One of the well fancied horses, the Aidan O'Brien trained The Cliffsofmoher, broke down soon after the start. The horse had to be euthanised.

The winner was only carrying the feather weight of 51kg (the same as fifth-placed Rostropovich) and he was partnered by the rider many regard as the best jockey in Australia when it comes to staying races, McEvoy.

This was his third Cup win, having first succeeded as a youngster aboard Brew in 2000, landing the great prize again for Lloyd Williams on Almandin two years ago.

Williams owned Thecliffsofmoher and the favourite Yucatan, but the latter never looked like featuring in the finish.


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