Poms finally strike in Melbourne Cup - with the trifecta!

Melbourne's Spring Festival which includes the Melbourne Cup takes place at Flemington Racecourse

A Prince Of Arran only won his way into Tuesday's race with victory in the Lexus Stakes on Saturday.

Kerrin McEvoy claimed a third Melbourne Cup on Tuesday afternoon as Cross Counter charged down the Flemington straight to win Australia's great race. He now joins Damien Oliver on three wins, behind only Bobby Lewis and Harry White with four victories.

Cross Counter is part of Appleby's third Melbourne Cup missions for Godolphin.

There were awful scenes as the horses passed the finishing post for the first of two laps when fancied worldwide The Cliffsofmoher broke down mid-race.

"But Cathy and I have been looking around for a bigger house, and I said to one of the Herald Sun reporters, if I won I'd buy Cathy a new house".

"That insane owner is me".

"It's such a huge thrill to win this for Sheikh Mohammed, to repay the faith that he showed in me", McEvoy said.

In the 158th running of Australia's "race that stops a nation", trainer Charlie Appleby saw his charge, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, lead home a 1-2-3 for British-trained runners on a very wet track at Flemington Racecourse in Victoria.

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Since its foundation in 1992, Godolphin, which was named after Godolphin Arabian, a stallion imported to England three centuries ago, has fielded 4,664 horses in more than 26,000 runs. "It's not sunk in yet".

Their respect was such that Australian-born McEvoy, the 2004 St Leger-winning rider on Rule Of Law, was the obvious choice to partner the late maturing Cross Counter to a historic win as William Buick, Appleby's No 1 rider, could not make the light weight.

The CliffsofMoher had won $1.7 million dollars for his owners.Today, he broke his shoulder during the 2018 #MelbourneCup & died on track behind the notorious "green screen of death".Animals & #gambling money are a TOXIC mix.Another lovely horse dead.

"Michael Walker has given him an absolute belter of a ride and I've never experienced anything like it. I knew that if he found the gaps, this horse has got the gears to pick up".

Marmelo and A Prince of Arran ran second and third respectively, as race favourites Yucatan and Magic Circle failed to deliver on pre-race expectations.

But the weather cleared after midday, buoying a festive crowd and drying out the track from heavy to soft an hour before the race.

Saddled with 51kg, the lowest burden with Rostropovich, Cross Counter had work to do entering the final turn after jumping wide from barrier 19.

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