Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup to end Godolphin wait

Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter.

Godolphin secured a first ever Melbourne Cup win thanks to Cross Counter.

Cross Counter ended Godolphin’s wait for a first Melbourne Cup win, claiming victory in the famous race on Tuesday.

With Kerrin McEvoy on board, Cross Counter came down the outside to edge Marmelo and A Prince of Arran on a rainy day at Flemington.

The win – the first by a British-trained horse – finally brought a Melbourne Cup success to Godolphin, while it was McEvoy’s third, adding to his victories on Brew (2000) and Almandin (2016).

“Firstly, I’d just like to thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed [bin Rashid Al Maktoum] and Godolphin for giving us the opportunity to be here,” winning trainer Charlie Appleby told Racing.com.

“It’s been on the bucket list for a long time as we know and I’m just fortunate to be in the driving seat to produce these horses and hopefully the right horses.”

Appleby added: “The ground was a big question mark to be fair, but when you’ve got a master like Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle, he always takes a lot of confidence into the race.

“Down the back straight I could see what he was trying to do, he got himself into a nice racing position and turning for home he just needed to find the gaps.

“Once he found those and the horse had a clear run I was far from confident but I knew he’d be doing his best work up that straight.”

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