Another horse has died at the Melbourne Cup

Rekindling's trainer Joseph O'Brien and jockey Corey Brown with the Melbourne Cup

Rekindling's trainer Joseph O'Brien and jockey Corey Brown with the Melbourne Cup

Cross Counter capped an "amazing" year for trainer Charlie Appleby and owner Godolphin as he became the first British-trained victor of Lexus Melbourne Cup at
Flemington.

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"Coming into today, this horse ticked a lot of boxes. And a third Melbourne Cup, woo!" said an ecstatic McEvoy, who also won in 2000 and 2016.

Aside from the weather, another dark cloud on the day was the tragic fate of Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher, which had to be euthanized after sustaining an injury during the race.

Cliffsofmoher is the sixth horse to die in a Melbourne Cup since 2013.

"I'm just lucky I can ride light and he's been unbelievably well prepared by Charlie Appleby".

The race was marred when the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher broke down at the winning post the first time around, breaking its right shoulder.

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After composing himself following wild celebrations at the end of the race, Cross Counter trainer Charlie Appleby paid tribute to the man behind the historic win, which saw the three-year-old gelding become the first English runner to claim the Melbourne Cup.

The Cliffsofmoher's death follows several other tragic incidents in recent years on Cup day.

Cross Counter's victory added another feather to Appleby's cap with the trainer having sent out Masar to win the Derby at Epsom back in June in the blue silks of Godolphin.

O'Brien's son Joseph, who trained Melbourne Cup victor Rekindling a year ago, said The Cliffofmoher's death was "very sad". I'm just delighted that I can repay his Highness Sheikh Mohammed for putting me in this position, and trusting me in the position to do what I'm doing.

"Charlie was travelling head lad when I was with Godolphin in the United Kingdom and we used to head up to all the Northern tracks a lot of the time. It's great that an English trainer has finally won this race".

Racing Victoria, the governing body in Australia's southern state, said The Cliffsofmoher "was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained".

Ahead of the Bumble Stakes warm-up race, jockey Beau Mertens said the conditions were "crazy" and that visibility was severely limited by the downpour.

Sheikh Mohammed's personal Melbourne Cup drought had stretched three decades back to 1988 when he was first represented in the Cup by Authaal, trained by the late Colin Hayes, which finished 19th.

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