Melbourne Cup 2018: The Cliffsofmoher euthanised after breaking down

A Prince of Arran booked his place after a win in the Lexus Stakes

It was also first win for Godolphin, the mega-stable founded by the Vice President of the UAE and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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.

Ahead of the race, Aidan O'Brien-trained Yucatan, owned by six-time Melbourne Cup victor Lloyd Williams, was strong favorite but the sodden conditions threw the form book out the window.

But both horses finished back in the field, as Cross Counter and Marmelo produced stunning closing speed to pass the leaders in the straight and fight the race out between them.

In Australia, we aren't accustomed to wet weather racing so who will be favoured by a wet track or rain during the race? "This is all down to Sheik Mohammed".

While the first Cup was won in 1865, the race was originally run four years earlier - but the victor only received prizes and a cash purse.

"He's the one that's given us the encouragement to take the chances in what we do".

"For me, it is a very special to be here, but like I say, for a team it is just fantastic for everybody". I can't believe it - I'm over the moon.

Avilius, trained by Australian James Cummings, was almost savaged early on by Marmelo (who finished second) and then faltered when The Cliffsofmoher broke down.

Jockey McEvoy had won on Brew in 2000 and on Almandin in 2016.

Harry White and Bobby Lewis hold the current record for most Melbourne Cup wins by jockey with four wins apiece.

The Irish stallion had raced 17 times before today for three wins and five placings.

"Michael Walker has given him an absolute belter of a ride and I've never experienced anything like it".

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

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).

And when he did, the relatively inexperienced Cross Counter rounded up a field of seasoned stayers and ran away from them to win by a length from Marmelo, with A Prince Of Arran in third place.

Trainer Charlie Fellowes had not trained a victor of any Group race before the Hotham.

There was a sad tale to the 2018 Melbourne Cup with the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher breaking down going past the winning post the first time.

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