Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup in wet conditions


"And when he was making his run, I thought turning in that if he finds the gap then this horse has got the gears to pick up".

"Charlie and myself used to travel to Doncaster and Chester and all of the tracks up north in England, back when I was over there riding, and all of those miles meant this, winning the Melbourne Cup".

"The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained", he added.

Before the race, The Cliffsofmoher was "sweating up", which can sometimes be an indication a horse is in distress.

"We were lucky, awful with that horse breaking down", McEvoy said from the back of the four year old, the first British-prepared horse to gallop off with the world's richest two-mile handicap.

Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, who had to settle for second in last year's Cup behind his son Joseph, trains Rostropovich as well as both of the Williams family's runners Yucatan and The Cliffsofmoher.

"Cliffsofmoher, he's melting like an ice-cream at the moment", Seven commentator Richard Freedman said. "He's really sweating up badly".

Regal Monarch, trained by Chris Waller, was euthanised after falling in race four a year ago, while British stayer Red Cadeaux was put down two weeks after falling and breaking a leg in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

O'Brien called the death "very sad" but said it was lucky jockey Ryan Moore remained unharmed.

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Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed was quick to congratulate the trainer who finally ended his 30-year quest for a Melbourne Cup.

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder", racetrack executive general manager Jamie Stier said.

The gelding could be back next year but is certain to carry a heavier weight if he runs after sneaking into this year's race with just 51 kilograms.

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

The rain caused delays to races two and three, and also to trains bringing racing fans to the course, according to tweets from Melbourne's public transport network.

A trip to Flemington for the 2017 Melbourne Cup affirmed her preference for Randwick, she told AAP.

Last year, Regal Monarch fell in race four on Melbourne Cup day.

Appleby and his team had to work overtime on Cross Counter after he suffered a minor leg injury after arriving at the Werribee International Horse Centre.