Melbourne Cup horse put down

Esequiel Farfan
Noviembre 8, 2018

Cross Counter is listed as a four year in the form guide for the Melbourne Cup but is actually still a three year old back in the Northern Hemisphere and emulated the feats of last year's Melbourne Cup victor Rekindling who was also a Northern Hemisphere three year old.

Trainer Adrian O'Brien told the Herald Sun things did not "look good" for the horse after the race.

"I am just so delighted".

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.

THE 2018 Melbourne Cup is fast becoming the most hard year on record to pick a victor with a host of popular online bookmakers crashing just an hour out from the race.

"Today's tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks these horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality", said Speechley.

"I'll be back next year".

The race was marred by a 35-meeting suspension handed to Hugh Bowman for riding offences on the runner-up, and Aidan O'Brien's The Cliffsofmoher being put down after sustaining a serious leg injury in the early stages of a race which saw three-year-old Cross Counter held up in rear before swooping late.

Kerrin McEvoy claimed a third Melbourne Cup on Tuesday afternoon as Cross Counter charged down the Flemington straight to win Australia's great race.

Cross Counter's win came 30 years after Sheikh Mohammed began his Melbourne Cup quest with Authaal who carried his maroon and white colours in 1988 and 20 years after Faithful Son became Godolphin's first runner.

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McEvoy's win on the 9-1 shot followed his Melbourne Cup triumphs on Almandin in 2016 and Brew in 2000.

Yucatan was among the favourites for the Ballydoyle team but he finished 11th, with pre-race rain resulting in a less than ideal surface for him.

"That's what it's all about, the learning curve". 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. "It's a dream. It has just been one of those fantastic years".

Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, led a British 1-2-3 in the 158th running of the Flemington contest.

"It's great that an English trainer has finally won this race", said Fellowes.

"I promised (my four kids) a swimming pool". He's the one who's encouraged us to take the chances in what we do internationally.

The horse that exited midway through the Melbourne Cup - the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher - has been euthanized.

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.

That's because of increasing attention being given to The Everest in mid-October.

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