Godolphin Wins First Melbourne Cup With Cross Counter

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

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

One of sport's greatest hoodoos is no more and the billion-dollar Sheikh, whose earliest memory was galloping through the desert on a white stallion with his father, can finally say he is a Melbourne Cup victor.

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.

Wagering data from last year's Melbourne Cup Day showed that, in the immediate lead-up to the main race, a peak of 850 bets a second were being placed through Sportsbet.

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.

It has taken 30 years and millions of dollars, but Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum can now finally call himself a Melbourne Cup victor.

"It's great that an English trainer has finally won this race".

The Cliffsofmoher was an Irish horse ridden by English jockey Ryan Moore.

Japanese thoroughbred Admire Rakti also died in 2014 after collapsing in his stall after the race, while Araldo was put down after being spooked by a spectator and breaking a hind leg.

"I am just so delighted".

Regal Monarch, trained by Chris Waller, was euthanised after falling in race four previous year, while British stayer Red Cadeaux was put down two weeks after falling and breaking a leg in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

Williams and O'Brien will also team up with The Cliffsofmoher who ran third behind Best Solution in the Group 1 $5m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 20. The victor of the first Cup, Mr Marshall, owner of Tory Boy, described it as a "monstrosity", according to the National Museum of Australia.

Finche was the first Australian-trained horse to finish with the recent Chris Waller import taking fourth.

A Prince Of Arran has pulled up from his win in the Lexus Stakes at Flemington in far better shape than his trainer Charlie Fellowes.

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.

"I fit into my G-string now", Koukash told racing.com three days before the race.

"I took his rug off and he looks fantastic".

"I'd like to say I was going to repeat it, but it's going to be a pretty tall order".

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