Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter wins dramatic Cup, ending Godolphin drought

Melbourne's Spring Festival which includes the Melbourne Cup takes place at Flemington Racecourse

Melbourne's Spring Festival which includes the Melbourne Cup takes place at Flemington Racecourse

Speaking to media prior to the race, McEvoy revealed that he had promised his kids a swimming pool and his wife a house if he took out a third Melbourne Cup, and now he is set to stay true to his word.

"We thought we almost had it, as I assume Charlie (Appleby) did. I'm just in a fortunate position to have the horses to make the call on which are the right ones to bring down here".

A Prince of Arran, who had qualified for the Cup only on Saturday when he won the Hotham Handicap on Derby Day, had been in the mix for a long time but could not match their finish, coming third.

A decision to target the Melbourne Cup fresh this year has nearly achieved the dream result for connections of English-trained stayer Marmelo at Flemington.

Morrison admitted he thought Marmelo and Hugh Bowman had stolen a winning margin at the furlong and said the six-year-old was simply beaten by a talented horse with a significant 4kg weight swing.

"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.

For jockey Kerrin McEvoy, it is his third Melbourne Cup, and he becomes the first jockey to complete the Everest-Cup double.

Yucatan started favourite in the race at 5-1 after drifting to 7-1 following the barrier draw that saw him jump from gate 23.

Jockey McEvoy had won on Brew in 2000 and on Almandin in 2016. For me, of course this is the biggest thing along with the Derby.

McEvoy, like Appleby, was quick to praise Sheikh Mohammed.

Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher fractured his right shoulder when running down the straight the first time at Flemington in Melbourne on Tuesday. "It's a dream. It has just been one of those wonderful years".

English trainer Charlie Appleby was full of praise for McEvoy's ride.

"This is the one goal, we want to tick this box and win our grand final".

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.

Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, promoted him in 2013 when trainer Mahmood al Zarooni was given an eight-year ban after a doping scandal.

And there have also been the exploits of the world's top-rated horse, Winx, who smashed legendary sprinter Black Caviar's Australian win record in August and then late last month clinched a record fourth Cox Plate and 29th victory in a row.

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