Godolphin Wins First Melbourne Cup With Cross Counter

Irene MckinneyNov 07, 2018

Sheets and a tent were immediately put up to protect the horse and the tragic scene from shocked spectators, with some sharing photos online following the tragedy.

Cross Counter's win was the first Cup triumph for the famed Godolphin stable, who had never won Australia's greatest race in more than 20 attempts.

In fact, with Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran coming in second and third, it was a British-dominated field in Melbourne.

In a statement, RSPCA Australia spokesperson Jane Speechley said: "Our thoughts are with animal lovers across the country who have been affected by this loss, and confronted by the very real risks posed by racing to the horses involved".

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.

Things had gone pear-shaped plenty of times over the years including in 2016 when the Sheikh remained unfulfilled despite gang-tackling the Melbourne Cup with five runners.

The most catastrophic year for the race was 2014, when six-year-old Japanese thoroughbred Admire Rakti collapsed straight after the Melbourne Cup and died in its stall, while Araldo broke his leg on a fence after taking fright and was euthanased. I was back a bit further than I wanted but I knew I was full of running.

There was a sad tale to the 2018 Melbourne Cup with the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher breaking down going past the winning post the first time. The horse could not be saved and was euthanised. "And yeah look, I'm just lucky I can ride light on these lovely stayers prepared unbelievably well by Godolphin and Charlie Appleby".

The $6.2 million race was won by Cross Counter, followed by Marmelo and A Prince of Arran.

Appleby said it was every trainer's dream to win the Melbourne Cup. He's the one that's given us the encouragement to take the chances in what we do.

Two of his three Cup wins have come since that move.

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

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