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BetEasy swoops in as competitors crash on Melbourne Cup day

BetEasy swoops in as competitors crash on Melbourne Cup day

"His Highness could see a trend developing where young improving stayers from Europe would be ideally suited by the Melbourne Cup, and Cross Counter fitted that description perfectly", Appleby said a day after the triumph.

"I fit into my G-string now", Koukash told racing.com three days before the race.

"I'm just in the very fortunate position to have a great team behind me".

"Today's tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks these horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality", said Speechley.

McEvoy managed to avoid serious trouble at the rear of the field as The Cliffsofmoher, ridden by Ryan Moore, was injured, before the Australian brought Cross Counter from near last and switched wide to launch his challenge in the straight to blitz the field in the closing stages.

"We were lucky to get through, said McEvoy, who won the Melbourne Cup for the third time".

Yucatan was among the favourites for the Ballydoyle team but he finished 11th, with pre-race rain resulting in a less than ideal surface for him.

It was the first win for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Godolphin, who have been trying to crack the Melbourne Cup since first trying with Faithful Son in 1998.

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"It's such a huge thrill to win this for Sheikh Mohammed, to repay the faith that he showed in me", McEvoy said. "I knew that if he found the gaps, this horse has got the gears to pick up". For me, of course this is the biggest thing along with the Derby.

The victory had strong a connection to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley stallion operation through his sire Teofilo for whom he became a 15th G1 victor. "It's a dream. It has just been one of those incredible years".

"It's great that an English trainer has finally won this race".

Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, led a British 1-2-3 in the 158th running of the Flemington contest.

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

"Charlie and myself used to travel to Doncaster and Chester and all of the tracks up north in England, back when I was over there riding, and all of those miles meant this, winning the Melbourne Cup".

After some fallow years, this season has proved to be stellar one for Godolphin, which ended the British Flat racing season as the leading owner, claiming 113 wins, including its first Epsom Derby, and winning 4.5 million in prize money, according to the website of the British Horseracing Authority.