Charlie Appleby's Cross Counter breaks British duck in Melbourne Cup

Charlie Appleby's Cross Counter breaks British duck in Melbourne Cup

Charlie Appleby's Cross Counter breaks British duck in Melbourne Cup

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy riding Cross Counter wins the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on November 6, 2018, in Melbourne, Australia.

The Charlie Appleby-trained gelding stormed down the straight from the outside to haul in runner-up and last year's favorite Marmelo by a length, with A Prince of Arran third in the A$7.3 million ($5.26 million) handicap.

It has taken 30 years and millions of dollars, but Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum can now finally call himself a Melbourne Cup victor.

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington", Racing Victoria's executive general manager integrity services Jamie Stier said.

"You get out of bed very early and spend a lot of time on the back of horses".

For jockey Kerrin McEvoy, winning a third Melbourne Cup was unbelievable.

Injuries and subsequent euthanization of horses in the Melbourne Cup have led to criticism of the day and the sport overall, with a growing number of Australians now turning away from the once-widely popular event.

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

VideoWATCH: 2018 Melbourne Cup winning trainer Charlie Appleby says Cross Counter's win is still sinking in.

Charlie Fellowes thinks Dr Koukash won't get the opportunity to strip, playing down Magic Circle's win in the Chester race over the English trainer's Cup contender A Prince of Arran.

"He loves fast ground", O'Brien said, "the better the ground, the better his chances". "It's a very special day and one I will never forget".

"It's great to be stood here and it's fantastic for Godolphin", Appleby told CNN affiliate Seven News Australia after Cross Counter and McEvoy's win.

"I was delighted what I saw and more so after I'd spoken to Kerrin".

The Cliffsofmoher's death was the first since three-time runner-up Red Cadeaux died weeks after failing to finish the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

"Charlie was travelling head lad when I was with Godolphin in the United Kingdom and we used to head up to all the Northern tracks a lot of the time".

But this year's Melbourne Cup was anything but a win for the plucky underdog. "It's great that an English trainer has finally won this race".

In a statement released by Victoria Racing, the sad news was confirmed.

Perth Racing managing director John Yovich said the best thing about the Ascot celebrations was the nine-race card on track once the Cup had run.

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