Cross Counter wins Mel­bourne Cup for Godol­phin sta­ble

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

ENGLISH stayer Cross Counter, rid­den by Ker­rin McEvoy, gave Dubaibased Godol­phin sta­ble its first Mel­bourne Cup with vic­tory in Aus­tralia’s largest and most pres­ti­gious horse race on Tues­day.

The race was marred when the Ai­dan O’Brien-trained The Cliff­sof­mo­her broke down at the win­ning post the first time around, break­ing its right shoul­der. The horse was eu­th­a­nized af­ter the race at Flem­ing­ton.

The Cliff­sof­mo­her was an Ir­ish horse rid­den by English jockey Ryan Moore.

“It is with sad­ness that we con­firm that The Cliff­sof­mo­her had to be hu­manely eu­th­a­nized af­ter sus­tain­ing a frac­tured right shoul­der,” race track ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager Jamie Stier said.

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

The RSPCA in Aus­tralia later tweeted that the horse was the sixth to die in the Mel­bourne Cup since 2013, and “high­lights the very real risks to horses from rac­ing.”

Cross Counter, a four-year-old bay geld­ing trained by Char­lie Ap­pleby and based at Newmarket, Eng­land, was quoted early at 10 to 1. It was only Cross Counter’s eighth start, but he had missed a top-two fin­ish only once.

Marmelo was sec­ond and A Prince of Ar­ran two lengths be­hind in third.

An English-trained horse had never won the Mel­bourne Cup, but Tues­day’s re­sult gave Eng­land a 1-2-3 fin­ish.

The win­ner stormed down from the out­side in the fi­nal sev­eral hun­dred me­ters for a length vic­tory. Cross Counter was third-last on the first turn

“We were lucky to get through, said McEvoy, who won the Mel­bourne Cup for the third time. “What a field to do it in. They (Godol­phin) have been striv­ing to win this race for a long time.”

“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.”

Dur­ing the tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion, rain which had af­fected the lead-up to the race again started to fall at Flem­ing­ton.

“I’m get­ting wet here but I don’t give a stuff be­cause I’m en­joy­ing win­ning my third Mel­bourne Cup,” McEvoy said.

Photo: AP

Spec­ta­tors pose for a selfie be­fore the run­ning of the Mel­bourne Cup at the Flem­ing­ton Race­course in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia on Tues­day.

Photo: AP

Cross Counter with jockey Ker­rin McEvoy on board, right wins the Mel­bourne Cup ahead of Marmelo, left in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia on Tues­day.

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