Best Wet Weather Horses Melbourne Cup 2018

Yucatan is considered the favourite heading into the 2018 Melbourne Cup

There were bad scenes as the horses passed the finishing post for the first of two laps when fancied global The Cliffsofmoher broke down mid-race.

And then there's Dr Koukash, the Palestinian refugee turned British billionaire who is adamant his horse Magic Circle will win what he classes as the best race in the world.

Jockey Jordan Childs escaped serious injury after a fall when riding Galaxy Raider in the MSS Security Sprint more than an hour after the Melbourne Cup.

Initial punting analysis was thrown out the window with a downpour of rain on Tuesday morning causing a major track downgrade leading up to the famous race.

Another Aidan O'Brien horse, Yucatan, had gone off as an early favorite but finished 11th.

But Charlie Appleby insisted the Sheikh had remained patient and unflustered - and that helped lay the foundations for Cross Counter's 2018 win. "It's been a very memorable day". "He's the one that's given us the encouragement to take the chances in what we do", he said.

"For me it's obviously very special to be here, but for the team, it's just fantastic". 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.

Godolphin's other horses were the James Cummings-trained Avilius, who finished 23rd, and Caulfield Cup victor Best Solution, who came eighth.

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Speaking to media on Monday, McEvoy revealed he had promised to buy his kids a swimming pool and his wife a house if he won - and now he's set to honour his word. Only Bobby Lewis and Harry White have won more with four victories apiece.

His first trip to Australia was two years ago and he says he was lucky enough to win a few races.

"With Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle I just gave him a blank page and said "ride it as you find it".

Craig Williams still needs a Melbourne Cup win to join a select group of jockeys to have won a Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper.

"Well done, Charlie. Great effort and it's third my Melbourne Cup", McEvoy said.

His Cross Counter, a three-year-old bay gelding ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, came from the outside to beat Marmelo by a length to bring home the $2.8 million Melbourne Cup following years of disappointment for the billionaire Dubai ruler.

The Saeed Bin Suroor trained Caulfield Cup victor Best Solution will carry the topweight of 57.5kg and will lead the field out for the Group 1 $7.3m Lexus Melbourne Cup. With Marmelo finishing second and A Prince of Arran coming third, it was an all-English podium finish.

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