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2018 Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter wins dramatic Cup, ending Godolphin drought

International horse racing giant Godolphin has finally won its first Melbourne Cup after more than a decade of trying, with Cross Counter winning the $7 million handicap at Flemington.

It’s the first time an England-trained horse has won the Cup, with Charlie Appleby winning after several attempts.

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

Cross Counter trainer Charlie Appleby tells Ben Fordham he’s “delighted” with the result.

“To get the job done today is huge,” he says.

“It’s something we’ve been trying to do for many years now and I’ve just been in the fortunate position to deliver the goods today.”

Mr Appleby says he’ll be keeping focused for the rest of the afternoon, but will have the time to take in the win tonight.

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Cathy McEvoy, wife of Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy was trackside and tells Ben Fordham she’s ecstatic.

“Words can’t express how I’m feeling, to win it a third time, we’re very grateful and thankful.”

Cathy says McEvoy is “unbelievably” dedicated to his routine and training.

“I definitely couldn’t do it.”

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Patricia Appleby, the mother of trainer Charlie Appleby, tells Ben she’s feeling “numb” following her son’s incredible win.

“I’m so proud, so proud.”

When asked whether she’s given her Charlie a kiss yet, she admits she hasn’t had the chance.

But she has had a glimpse of The Cup.

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There were terrible scenes as the horses passed the finishing post for the first of two laps when fancied international The Cliffsofmoher broke down mid-race.

He suffered a fractured right shoulder and was later euthanized.


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