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Godolphin runner Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup

07 November 2018

He timed his charge to perfection, taking the lead in the final strides for a third Melbourne Cup victory, with his family set to benefit from his slice of the prize money estimated at $200,000 (£110,000).

It's the first time an England-trained horse has won the Cup, with Charlie Appleby winning after several attempts.

Limb injuries are the most common cause of death for racehorses on the track.

Racing Victoria will collect treatment records and an autopsy report before releasing their findings into The Cliffsofmoher's death. Admire Rakti died in his stall after finishing last.

Araldo placed seventh but was spooked by a flag in the crowd on the way back to weigh in, kicking out and breaking a rear leg on a fence.

The stewards' report listed Marmelo, as well as Aidan O'Brien's Yucatan (11th), as mildly lame after the race, while fellow Werribee resident Magic Circle (16th) displayed signs of an exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage post-race.

The RSPCA in Australia later tweeted that the horse was the sixth to die in the Melbourne Cup since 2013, and "highlights the very real risks to horses from racing".

"We're seeing a growing number of Australians who feel uncomfortable about watching horse racing, and tragic incidents like these provide a catalyst for that concern".

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder", racetrack executive general manager Jamie Stier said.

A horse has been euthanised after suffering an injury in the Melbourne Cup.

Veterinarians rushed on to the track as soon as the race was completed as a tarp was erected around the fallen stayer. It was later revealed the horse had suffered a broken right shoulder and couldn't be saved.

Unnoticed amid the tragedy of The Cliffsofmoher's death after the Melbourne Cup was how Ryan Moore handled the situation.

"Cliffsofmoher, he's melting like an ice-cream at the moment", Seven commentator Richard Freedman said.

Cross Counter started at a $9 chance and initially settled in the second half of the field, but came through for victory, overtaking Marmelo, another British horse, in the last seconds of the race.

Godolphin runner Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup