The Cliffsofmoher euthanased on track after Melbourne Cup

The Cliffsofmoher euthanased on track after Melbourne Cup

"I'm just lucky to be in a position to train these horses", said Appleby.

"Internationally we have campaigned over here the last three years now and have been competitive but we have always learnt each trip what horse we felt was going to be needed on the big day".

Cross Counter's win was the first Cup triumph for the famed Godolphin stable, who had never won Australia's greatest race in more than 20 attempts.

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

A win for Marmelo would have completed a dream run for jockey Hugh Bowman, who has enjoyed a marvellous ride aboard superstar mare and four-time Cox Plate victor, Winx.

Sheikh Mohammed's personal Melbourne Cup drought had stretched three decades back to 1988 when he was first represented in the Cup by Authaal, trained by the late Colin Hayes, which finished 19th.

Online sports-betting sites crashed nationwide in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup, the busiest betting event of the year.

In 2014 two horses Admire Rakti and Araldo were put down following the race.

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Red Cadeaux died in 2015 a fortnight after sustaining an injury during the Melbourne Cup. I was back a bit further than I wanted but I knew I was full of running. I thought mate, is this happening again?

The Cliffsofmoher (IRE), a Coolmore horse trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, broke down early in the race and had to be euthanized.

Before the race, The Cliffsofmoher was "sweating up", which can sometimes be an indication a horse is in distress.

The $6.2 million race was won by Cross Counter, followed by Marmelo and A Prince of Arran. "He's the one that's given us the encouragement to take the chances in what we do", he said.

"I know how much this race means to him - he's been trying to win if for a while and so I am so happy this horse has been able to do it for him".

The Cup victory notched up 30 Group One wins for Godolphin worldwide in 2018.

Appleby said it was every trainer's dream to win the Melbourne Cup.

"People under pressure make rash decisions, I hope we're making the right decisions now".

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