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Internationals dominate but tragedy shadows win

6 November 2018 6:28 AM
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Cross Counter had to use some luck however to win the race however after narrowly avoiding The Cliffsofmoher when he broke down leaving the straight for the first time and knocked over the James Cummings-trained Avilius who eventually finished 22nd.

A trifecta of English trained horses filled the placings with Cross Counter's trainer Charlie Appleby becoming the first English trainer to win the Melbourne Cup.

"To get horses to championship meetings and perform at their best, that's a result ... a winner on top is a bonus," Appleby said.

Marmelo's trainer Hughie Morrison was delighted with the six-year-old's run in his second attempt at winning the race after he finished ninth last year while A Prince of Arran backed up his win in the Lexus Stakes with third place for the 32-year-old Charlie Fellowes who was having his first Cup runner.

"You never want to be second in a great race and we nearly won it and we ran a fabulous race," Morrison told Fairfax Media.

Marmelo has now run fourth in the 2017 Caulfield Cup and second in the 2018 Melbourne Cup.

"I thought we had it as well. My one worry was that with this rain coming it would really test his stamina and I think that last furlong he just got found out."

The international contingent, which was a record equalling 11 runners, not only ran the trifecta but had Rostropovich finishing fifth, Caulfield Cup winner Best Solution eighth, Muntahaa ninth, Yucatan 11th and Nakeeta 12th all earning prizemoney with eight internationals finishing in the top 12.

The Chris Waller-trained pair Finche (fourth) and Youngstar (sixth) were outstanding while the New Zealand-trained Sir Charles Road finished seventh to break up the complete domination of overseas visitors.

Youngstar and Sir Charles Road are both Australian bred although Sir Charles Road is trained in New Zealand by Lance O'Sullivan who rode Koiro Corrie May into second place in the Cup way back in 1985.


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