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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Cross Counter wins the Melbourne Cup 2018 for Godolphin

Cross Counter has won the $7.05 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington, beating Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.
The win gives the global racing operation Godolphin its first Cup win, while jockey Kerrin McEvoy won for the third time.
On the most typical of Melbourne days we found yet again that anyone can win the great race — but it's probably a bit more likely if you are a billionaire Sheikh with a lavish, five-city racing empire, housing more than 1,000 richly bred thoroughbreds.
In two ways Godolphin's long, expensive and futile quest to win the Melbourne Cup had invested the race with a certain appeal.
That Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was so eager to get his hands on the trophy gave the race the kind of international cache it so desperately craved.
This is not to deny the emotional investment that no doubt accompanies Godolphin's massive financial investment, or the superb horsemanship of Cross Counter's English-based trainer Charlie Appleby and Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy.
Appleby said he had spoken to the Sheikh straight after and he was "over the moon". (He did not say whether this was because he had won the Melbourne Cup or was in a private jet so lavish it was capable of lunar exploration.)
Godolphin's representative at the presentation, Hugh Anderson, reminded the crowd Cross Counter's victory meant the stable had won Group One races in France, the USA and Australia in the past six weeks, while Appleby had achieved the Epsom Derby-Melbourne Cup double this year.
Forgive local stables still dreaming of winning a Dubbo maiden for not getting a tear in their eye upon hearing of these well-funded achievements.
Yet even as the Melbourne Cup goes offshore again, there are many in the Australian racing industry who will toast Godolphin's victory with some very expensive bubbly.