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

Corey Brown rode Rekindling to victory in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington in 2017

Cross Counter ended two decades of Melbourne Cup frustration for the powerful global stable Godolphin by winning Australia's greatest horse race. It was also 20 years after Faithful Son became the first runner for the Godolphin operation in Melbourne.

After an eye-catching fourth at his Australian debut in the group one Caulfield Stakes and a third in the Caulfield Cup, the Lloyd Williams-owned stayer entered the Melbourne Cup a $17 chance.

The Melbourne Cup has long eluded British trainers, and while Magic Circle had a good opportunity to break the spell, it was another UK-based horse that took that honor. Five years after Dubai ruler's entrusted the rookie trainer to restore Godolphin's tarnished reputation following the Mahmood Al Zarooni drug scandal, he has now added the Melbourne Cup to the Epsom Derby win that he and Buick enjoyed with Masar in early June.

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

Godolphin's other horses were the James Cummings-trained Avilius, who finished 23rd, and Caulfield Cup victor Best Solution, who came eighth.

Parties galore are also in store across Perth, some of the biggest being held at Market Grounds, Henry Summer, The Stables, The Bach Club and, of course, Crown Perth, which previous year hosted 24,000 WA racing fans on Cup day and expects even more today. "That's what it's all about, the learning curve".

Racing out of barrier 19 on a rain-affected track, Cross Counter put on a withering burst of speed down the finishing straight to edge fellow British horses Marmelo and Prince of Arran and win Aus$4 million. Obviously Godolphin has been a huge supporter of mine. "It's just great for the team". For me, of course this is the biggest thing along with the Derby.

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He returned a year ago, with success, and for the 2018 spring carnival had an early victory with Jungle Cat at Group One level.

Dwayne Dunn, who will ride Sir Charles Road on Tuesday, also dreams of winning a Melbourne Cup. The stallion had won more than $1.7 million in prize money.

During the 2018 Flat season, Goldophin fielded 242 horses in Britain. "The racing industry has much work to do".

Trying to win races in Australia is even more expensive, with flights from Europe costing as much as $68,000 per animal.

Cross Counter is also a member of a family with which Sheikh Mohammed has been involved through four generations.

In 2014 two horses Admire Rakti and Araldo were put down following the race. We send him our best.

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