Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed is finally a Melbourne Cup winner

Magic Circle is among the favorites for the 2018 Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 6

Cross Counter ended two decades of Melbourne Cup frustration for the powerful global stable Godolphin by winning Australia's greatest horse race.

Trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Cross Counter crossed the line clear of Marmelo in second place and A Prince of Arran in third.

But there are many others hoping to get in his way such as the ruler of Dubai and head of the world's biggest racing operation Sheikh Mohammed, who has been trying to win the Cup for 30 years.

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington", Executive General Manager Jamie Stier said. Ridden to perfection by jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who won his third Melbourne Cup, Cross Counter made up for 20 years of misery.

Awful news. The Cliffsofmoher suffered a fractured right shoulder when injured in the Melbourne Cup, unfortunately could not be saved.

The 2018 Melbourne Cup was marred by the death of one of 24 runners.

"I wasn't sure at first we were going to run down the third horse (A Prince Of Arran) and then when we went past him I just saw the red cap (of Cross Counter) coming", he said.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed", said Appleby.

Sheikh Mohammed spoke regularly with Appleby over the past few months as they formulated the plan to get Cross Counter in the $7.3 million Melbourne Cup. "It's just great for the team".

Racehorse The CliffsofMoher has been put down after being injured during the Melbourne Cup. I've spoken to His Highness and he's over the moon about this result.

So important is the race that it is a public holiday in the state where it is held - Victoria - although it has not enjoyed its usual central focus during the annual spring carnival this year.

A Kiwi punter has won nearly $100,000 after splurging out on the Melbourne Cup victor Cross Counter, but has been eclipsed by an Australian who has won A$500,000.

'So we're interrupting, we're peaceful, and I'm telling you the truth about how it's all put together, so your probably need a grinder (to cut the chains)'. And he has achieved lifted both those most prized of trophies and now won 12 races at the highest level.

Perth Racing managing director John Yovich said the best thing about the Ascot celebrations was the nine-race card on track once the Cup had run.

A deluge of rain has seen the Flemington track downgraded numerous times, which begs the question: has the Melbourne Cup ever been cancelled?

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