Godolphin Wins First Melbourne Cup With Cross Counter

Rekindling's trainer Joseph O'Brien and jockey Corey Brown with the Melbourne Cup

However Appleby, who has plundered spring carnival riches for several years, and won Aussie Group Is with Jungle Cat and Polarisation, admitted he had no idea whether he was going to cash in again as the rain poured down before Cross Counter's Melbourne Cup tilt.

And moments after saluting aboard Cross Counter, McEvoy said he would be true to his word.

"I did promise (the kids) a swimming pool", McEvoy said.

"I said to Kerrin last night, because I missed out when he won on Almandin when I was pregnant, "please win it tomorrow because I feel like I'm here and I missed out that year", she said. "So look out", he said.

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Cross Counter was the final victor of the Melbourne Cup after a nail-biting final, taking the lead in the very last seconds of the home stretch. "They (Godolphin) have been striving to win this race for a long time".

"It's fantastic to be second in a Melbourne Cup, but to be second when you almost won [is hard]", Morrison said.

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It was best described in the infamous 2016 Deadspin article The Melbourne Cup is Decadent and Depraved as "a ideal event for young and old alike to don their finest of outfits and guzzle copious amounts of alcohol".

It was that day he was noticed by the Godolphin hierarchy and he spent many years travelling the globe riding as the No.2 behind Frankie Dettori.

"I went to Dubai, expected to be there for two weeks and ended up staying for the whole carnival, that was the carnival of 2003, that is where the association started".

Racing Victoria vets found he was lame in the near foreleg after the race.

Wagering services run by Sportsbet, Ladbrokes and online betting exchange Betfair all went down, with punters temporarily unable to place bets on their smartphone apps or computers.

Cross Counter, a four-year-old bay gelding trained by Charlie Appleby and based at Newmarket, England, was quoted early at 10 to 1.

"I'm so lucky to ride light in these handicaps and get support from these stables and it is a real honour to win in these colours".

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