Another horse has died at the Melbourne Cup

Magic Circle ridden by Fran Berry won at Sandown Park in May

McEvoy had to use his renowned nous to avoid serious trouble as Irish challenger The Cliffsofmoher suffered a fatal injury early in the race.

That's a strike rate of 20% for the group - the racing arm of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley breeding operation - which has outposts in Britain, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Ireland, France, the USA and Australia.

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.

Trainer Charlie Appleby was delighted after the race.

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.

Godolphin's owner, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, had spent a fortune sending horses to the "race that stops a nation" over two decades and now tastes victory after linking up with Newmarket trainer Appleby.

"So I can't believe it".

The win gives the global racing operation Godolphin its first Cup win, while jockey Kerrin McEvoy won for the third time.

"I'm absolutely delighted. This is everybody's dream", said Appleby, who also prepared Epsom Derby victor Masar.

"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.

"This is all for Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin, and for me to say thank you for giving me this opportunity".

The day is also a public holiday in the host state of Victoria, which this year experienced heavy rains causing flooding and disruption to transport in the morning leading up to the race.

The Melbourne Cup has been marred by the death of star United Kingdom galloper The CliffsofMoher.

"This year's victor, Cross Counter, is one of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's", she said at the post-race ceremony.

Third-place finisher, Prince of Arran, had won the Lexus Stakes on Derby Day to secure its place in the Melbourne Cup, leaving trainer Charlie Fellowes agonisingly close to a Melbourne Cup Carnival double inside four days.

"There is no one who has put more horses into this race and this is his wonderful first win", Elliott told the New Zealand Herald.

The Cliffsofmoher's jockey Ryan Moore looks dejected as he walks off the track, while Cross Counter's win in the Melbourne Cup plays on the big screen behind him. "Hindsight is showing to us, maybe not financially, it was the right decision in skipping the Caulfield Cup with him".

"This is all for His Highness and Godolphin, but for myself and the team it is a huge effort".

"Coming into today, this horse ticked a lot of boxes. Well done to Charlie and this little horse", McEvoy said.

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