The thoroughbred family behind Cup victor

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"When I was lucky enough to get the job, I said there were two things I wanted to do - win the Derby and the Melbourne Cup", he said.

Morrison admitted he thought Marmelo and Hugh Bowman had stolen a winning margin at the furlong and said the six-year-old was simply beaten by a talented horse with a significant 4kg weight swing.

"I'm getting wet here but I don't give a stuff because I'm enjoying winning my third Melbourne Cup", McEvoy said.

After watching video of Kerrin McEvoy galloping Cross Counter a week ago Appleby knew Sheikh Mohammed's first Cup victor was on track.

Charlie Fellowes thinks Dr Koukash won't get the opportunity to strip, playing down Magic Circle's win in the Chester race over the English trainer's Cup contender A Prince of Arran. 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.

Cross Counter's historic victory was described by his British trainer, Charlie Appleby, as "everybody's dream". "It's just great for the team". Now in its second year, the world's richest turf race was won for a second straight time by Redzel.

Melbourne Cup goers are urged to pack an umbrella and maybe some not-so-fashionable gumboots as the city braces for a deluge, with temperatures to top at a humid 20C.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed, he's the one that's given us all the encouragement to take the chances in what we do internationally", Appleby told the website of Godolphin, the Maktoum family's global horse-racing stable founded by the Dubai ruler in 1992. It's a day I will never forget.

"When we win nobody at Flemington is going to stop me providing the best or most colorful celebrations we've ever had or likely to have".

In a ideal completion to a stellar year highlighted by Masar's Derby victory, Thunder Snow's Dubai World Cup and 27 other G1s, Cross Counter epitomised the Godolphin philosophy of pushing global boundaries and striving for perfection.

A year later pre-race favourite Admire Ratki died after collapsing from heart failure in the stalls minutes after the race.

Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria's manager of integrity services, confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon. We send him our best.

Cross Counter spent a week sidelined after a cut reduced the gelding to box rest and walking duties overcoming the hiccup.

As for Appleby, who is already contemplating a successful defence of the Melbourne Cup in 12 months time, he was full of praise for McEvoy. Obviously Godolphin has been a huge supporter of mine.

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