Monday, 21 January, 2019


McEvoy on Cross Counter wins prestigious Melbourne Cup 2018

Ladies try to cover up from the rain during the 2017 Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington racecourse. Source AAP ImageMore Ladies try to cover up from the rain during the 2017 Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington racecourse. Source AAP ImageMore
Hannah Rogers | 06 November, 2018, 21:55

UPDATE: THERE are reports the horse injured in this year's Melbourne Cup, Cliffsofmoher, has been put down.

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

"I promised (my four kids) a swimming pool. I can't tell you how good it feels", said Appleby. "So look out", he said.

McEvoy's win was also special for the family as it was Cathy's first time seeing him win the Melbourne Cup after missing his 2016 ride with Almandin.

"When I was lucky enough to get the job, I said there were two things I wanted to do - win the Derby and the Melbourne Cup", he said.

Fondly called "The Race that Stops a Nation", Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday in metropolitan Melbourne.

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

Cross Counter had never started on soft or heavy ground and Appleby didn't have any more idea than punters whether the northern hemisphere three-year-old would fire or flop.

McEvoy only confirmed his booking on Cross Counter in recent weeks and had a choice to make after partnering Youngstar throughout her preparation for Chris Waller.

As the remaining 23 horses passed the post, The Cliffsofmoher received medical attention before vets determined it was "unable to be saved".

"We were lucky, awful with that horse breaking down", McEvoy said from the back of the four-year-old.

"At the 1000m I was on the back of Yucatan, which at that stage I thought he would take me where I needed to get to, still under the impression I was a fair way back given the tempo they had gone".

The Charlie Appleby-trained gelding stormed down the straight from the outside to haul in runner-up and last year's favourite Marmelo, with A Prince of Arran coming third in the A$7.3 million (nearly $NZ8 million) handicap at Flemington racecourse.

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