Racehorse The CliffsofMoher Put Down After Suffering Fractured Shoulder in Melbourne Cup

James Mc Donald will ride Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan

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.

The Melbourne Cup is one of the few trophies in world racing which has eluded its owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

But it was also noted in the coverage that the horse frequently did this before races, including when he ran without incident last start in the Caulfield Cup to finish third.

"The time difference has meant a lot of punters' activity has come through later in the morning and has been skewed towards the outsiders", the agency's Ella Zampatti said. "And a third Melbourne Cup, woo!" said an ecstatic McEvoy, who also won in 2000 and 2016.

The race was marred by the death of one of the entries, The Cliffsofmoher, who pulled up within the first 600m with a fractured right shoulder.

A horse racing in the annual Melbourne Cup carnival has died for the second year in a row.

"I was travelling back from somewhere when I heard about it and my first impression was "oh God", Appleby said.

Trained by Charlie Appleby, Cross Counter became the first English-trained horse to win the race, taking the top prize of $2.8 million.

"He was delighted", Appleby said on Wednesday.

And despite coming so close to winning Australia's most famous race in his second attempt with Marmelo, trainer Hughie Morrison was understandably proud at the performance of the stayer to run second to the younger and lighter-weighted Cross Counter. I've spoken to His Highness and he's over the moon about this result.

He is equally determined to celebrate by stripping down to his G-string, despite the Victoria Racing Club saying it would be a shame if the enthusiastic owner had to miss the presentation due to a "wardrobe malfunction".

"People under pressure make rash decisions, I hope we're making the right decisions now".

"I'm getting wet here but I don't give a stuff because I'm enjoying winning my third Melbourne Cup".

"If I could win it, it's going to be the greatest race on earth".

Ahead of the race, Aidan O'Brien-trained Yucatan, owned by six-time Melbourne Cup victor Lloyd Williams, was strong favorite but the sodden conditions threw the form book out the window.

"It's the best race in the world", he told the crowd at Federation Square.

Raced by Lloyd Williams and trained by Irish champion Aidan O'Brien, The Cliffsofmoher had to be put down, the fourth time in the past six years that the Cup has been shrouded by the death of horses.

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