Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Cup runner's death: Inquiry looms after The Cliffsofmoher dies

Rekindling's trainer Joseph O'Brien and jockey Corey Brown with the Melbourne Cup Six things to know about the 2018 Melbourne Cup race
Rita Gibson | 08 November, 2018, 19:48

Ahead of the race, Aidan O'Brien-trained Yucatan, owned by six-time Melbourne Cup victor Lloyd Williams, was strong favorite but the sodden conditions threw the form book out the window.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed", Appleby told Channel 7 after the race.

McEvoy timed Cross Counter's run perfectly after turning into the final straight well back in the field.

There was a point there I thought we might have won the Melbourne Cup.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed", said Appleby.

Thirty years after having his first Melbourne Cup runner and two decades after having his first lash at the race for Godolphin, Sheikh Mohammed has finally lived his Melbourne Cup fantasy.

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

UPDATES: THE horse that exited midway through the Melbourne Cup - the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher - has been euthanased.

The 8-1 chance Cross Counter, who broke the track record when winning the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in the summer, won by a length from the Hughie Morrison-trained Marmelo, with A Prince Of Arran third for Charlie Fellowes.

Appleby admitted on Tuesday that winning the race for the Dubai outfit ticked off a box on his bucket list, but while the English trainer was able to bask in the glory of victory, he was later also quick to praise his boss and the team.

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

Craig Williams still needs a Melbourne Cup win to join a select group of jockeys to have won a Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper.

"This is all for Sheikh Mohammed and the royal family and
Godolphin, and for me to say thank you for giving me this opportunity", he said. It's a day I will never forget.

The stewards' report listed Marmelo, as well as Aidan O'Brien's Yucatan (11th), as mildly lame after the race, while fellow Werribee resident Magic Circle (16th) displayed signs of an exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage post-race.

Godolphin first entered the Melbourne Cup in 1998 with Faithful Son and has more than 900 runners a year in Australia alone.

The other horses included Verema, Admire Rakti, Araldo, Red Cadeaux, and Regal Monarch.

After watching video of Kerrin McEvoy galloping Cross Counter a week ago Appleby knew Sheikh Mohammed's first Cup victor was on track.

"This is all for His Highness and Godolphin, but for myself and the team it is a huge effort".

"The time difference has meant a lot of punters' activity has come through later in the morning and has been skewed towards the outsiders", the agency's Ella Zampatti said. "Well done to Charlie and this little horse", McEvoy said.

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