Britain's Cross Counter grabs first Melbourne Cup for Godolphin

Yucatan is considered the favourite heading into the 2018 Melbourne Cup

Yucatan is considered the favourite heading into the 2018 Melbourne Cup

"It's heartbreaking to see another horse needlessly lose its life during the Melbourne Cup", senior campaign manager Ben Pearson said in a statement.

Cross Counter's victory was the first time a British-trained horse has won the race at Flemington, this year valued at $7.3m.

"The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained", he said. The horse was euthanised after the race at Flemington.

"We were lucky, bad with that horse breaking down", McEvoy said from the back of the four year old, the first British-prepared horse to gallop off with the world's richest two-mile handicap.

According to the Daily Mail, The Cliffsofmoher was agitated before the start, with one commentator describing the horse as "melting like an ice cream".

The Irish racehorse The Cliffsofmoher has died after being injured in Australia's most feted thoroughbred competition, dubbed "the race that stops the nation". "He's really sweating up badly".

Australia's premier horse race, the Melbourne Cup, has run despite early wet weather which cleared for the main event on Tuesday afternoon.

O'Brien called the death "very sad" but said it was lucky jockey Ryan Moore remained unharmed.

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"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.

After some fallow years, this season has proved to be stellar one for Godolphin, which ended the British Flat racing season as the leading owner, claiming 113 wins, including its first Epsom Derby, and winning 4.5 million in prize money, according to the website of the British Horseracing Authority.

Kerrin McEvoy took out his third career Melbourne Cup on Cross Counter but he may be feeling the pinch after a stunning pre-race promise to his wife Cathy.

The stallion was euthanized after fracturing his right shoulder during the first 600 metres of the 2018 Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on November 6, Australia's ABC news reported. He was treated by vets for three weeks after the race, but was eventually euthanised.

World Animal Protection also condemned the incident, labelling the Melbourne Cup a "disgrace".

Parties galore are also in store across Perth, some of the biggest being held at Market Grounds, Henry Summer, The Stables, The Bach Club and, of course, Crown Perth, which a year ago hosted 24,000 WA racing fans on Cup day and expects even more today.

Appleby and his team had to work overtime on Cross Counter after he suffered a minor leg injury after arriving at the Werribee International Horse Centre.

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