Racehorse The CliffsofMoher Put Down After Suffering Fractured Shoulder in Melbourne Cup

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It was the first win for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Godolphin, who have been trying to crack the Melbourne Cup since first trying with Faithful Son in 1998.

In the final 300 metres Cross Counter first passed the Charlie Fellowes-trained A Prince Of Arran, before edging out the fast-finishing Hughie Morrison's Marmelo to win by a length.

"It's such a huge thrill to win this for Sheikh Mohammed, to repay the faith that he showed in me", McEvoy said.

"We were lucky, awful with that horse breaking down", McEvoy said from the back of the four-year-old.

British stayer Cross Counter won the 158th running of the Melbourne Cup, handing the powerful Godolphin stable a first win in Australia's most famous horse race after 20 years of frustration.

Last year, Godolphin's only runner Hartnell was a $26 outsider and finished 20th.

"You have all these aspirations and five years ago when I was lucky enough to get the licence people asked me what are the two races you'd like to win for Godolphin and thankfully I've just knocked the second one out", reflected Appleby.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed".

The Cup dates back to 1865 and was the result of a rivalry between two horse race organizing committees - the Victorian Jockey Club and the Victorian Turf Club, with the latter introducing the event as a handicap race. It was the sixth horse to die in the race since 2013, the tweet from the anti-animal cruelty organization noted.

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Godolphin's other horses were the James Cummings-trained Avilius, who finished 23rd, and Caulfield Cup victor Best Solution, who came eighth.

Cross Counter's victory was the first time a British-trained horse has won the race at Flemington, this year valued at $7.3m. "That's what it's all about, the learning curve".

The Newmarket-based Appleby, who gave Godolphin its first Epsom Derby victor, Masar, in June, added: "This is huge for everybody". For me, of course this is the biggest thing along with the Derby.

The Cliffsofmoher is one of more than 100 horses killed on Australian racetracks each year.

"I'm getting wet here but I don't give a stuff because I'm enjoying winning my third Melbourne Cup".

But horse racing is a costly business and often prize money doesn't cover the costs unless the horse is used for breeding.

"They [Godolphin] have been striving to win this race for a long time", McEvoy said at the presentation.

Aidan O'Brien's head lad TJ Comerford was seen speaking to stewards more than an hour before the Cup, but a Racing Victoria spokesperson said it was only for clarification over what riding tactics the stable might use in the race.

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