Melbourne Cup Results 2018: Cross Counter Wins

November 6, 2018

Melbourne Cup Results 2018: Cross Counter Wins

It’s taken 30-years, but Godolphin has finally won a Melbourne Cup. 

The Charlie Appleby trained Cross Counter was too good over the two-mile journey, descending on the leaders over the final furlong to cruise past Marmelo from the wide part of the track. 

Marmelo looked a chance for a brief moment before Cross Counter kicked past. The win made it five from eight starts for Appleby’s British raider, who was one of the five four-year old’s in Tuesday’s $7 million race.

Cross Counter, above, won the 2018 Melbourne Cup in a time of 3:21.17. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

“There’s no words that can explain really” an elated Appleby said after the race.

The Teofilo gelding was first-up at Flemington after finishing second in a Group 2 race at York back in August. A nasty cut to the leg during training looked a minor setback last week, but Appleby always knew his horse was a chance.

“We were confident coming in that we had the right horse, obviously people had questioned the setback there a couple of weeks ago, but we were confident that he was well over that” Appleby said after the race.

Cross Counter, who enjoyed the lightest weight of the race at 51kg’s, was one of several runners posing a question on the rain effected track, and it appears even the champion trainer had his doubts.

“The ground was a big question mark to be fair, but when you’ve got a master like Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle, he takes a lot of confidence into the race,” Appleby went on to say.

“Down the back straight you could see what he was trying to do, and he got himself into a nice racing position turning for home, he just needed to find the gaps, and once he’d found those and the horse had a clear run, I was far from confident.”

The win might have marked Godolphin’s first ever Melbourne Cup, but for McEvoy, it was a familiar feeling with two previous victories already to his name.

McEvoy previously won the Cup in 2006 (Almandin) and in 2000 (Brew). Tuesday’s win now places him alongside Glen Boss (Makaybe Diva) and Damien Oliver (Fiorente, Media Puzzle, Doriemus) as the only current jockey’s with three wins.

“We were lucky to get through without too much of an issue, what a thrill to do it for Sheikh Mohammed,” McEvoy went on to say.

“I was back a bit further than I wanted, I knew I was in the running when I was on the back of Yucatan, he seemed to be empty Yucatan, and at the 400m I sort of had to go my own way.”

The win capped off a huge four weeks for the Godolphin blue, who won the Caulfield Cup with Best Solution three weeks ago – but it was also a good result for the bookmakers with Cross Counter entering the race at $10.00 odds.

Unfortunately for race-favourite’s Yucatan and Magic Circle, the same can’t be said, with the pair finishing outside the top ten.

Full 2018 Melbourne Cup Results:

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty
1 23 CROSS COUNTER (GB) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 19 51kg
2 9 MARMELO (GB) Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 1L 10 55kg
3 17 A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 3L 20 53kg
4 13 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Zac Purton 3.5L 15 54kg
5 24 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 4.5L 21 51kg
6 22 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Craig Williams 5.75L 8 51.5kg
7 19 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Dwayne Dunn 8.25L 14 53kg
8 1 BEST SOLUTION (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Pat Cosgrave 8.75L 6 57.5kg
9 5 MUNTAHAA (IRE) John Gosden Jim Crowley 9.5L 13 55.5kg
10 16 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 11L 7 54kg (cd 54.5kg)
11 11 YUCATAN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien James McDonald 11.75L 23 54.5kg 2.5kg
12 18 NAKEETA (GB) Iain Jardine Regan Bayliss 11.85L 3 53kg
13 20 ZACADA (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 13.85L 24 53kg
14 4 CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) Yoshito Yahagi Yuga Kawada 16.1L 4 55.5kg
15 15 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 16.3L 2 54kg
16 3 MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE) Ian Williams Corey Brown 19.55L 17 56kg
17 7 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Ben Melham 22.55L 18 55.5kg
18 6 SOUND CHECK (GER) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 27.55L 16 55.5kg
19 21 RUNAWAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 28.05L 12 52kg 1.5kg
20 8 ACE HIGH David Payne Tye Angland 28.15L 22 55kg
21 12 AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman Tommy Berry 68.15L 1 54kg
22 10 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 69.15L 11 54.5kg 1.5kg
23 14 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Darren Weir Damien Oliver 69.55L 5 54kg
FF 2 THE CLIFFSOFMOHER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 9 56.5kg

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