McEvoy on Cross Counter wins prestigious Melbourne Cup 2018

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Charlie Appleby savoured an "amazing" year after becoming the first British trainer to win the Melbourne Cup.

Leading jockey Hugh Bowman has been slapped with a one-month suspension for three separate offences following his Melbourne Cup ride aboard Marmelo.

UPDATES: THE horse that exited midway through the Melbourne Cup - the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher - has been euthanased.

Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher has been euthanased on the Flemington track after sustaining an injury to its shoulder during the Melbourne Cup.

The five-year-old was pulled up 600m into the race by English jockey Ryan Moore, eventually stopping halfway around the first corner.

The Chairmen and Directors of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) later extended their sympathies, with Flemington Racecourse tweeting their condolences, "To the Williams family and the connections of The CliffsofMoher, which was euthanised after he went amiss in the Melbourne Cup".

Online sports-betting sites crashed nationwide in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup, the busiest betting event of the year.

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Ryan Moore attempts to stop The Cliffsofmoher after it injured its shoulder early in the Melbourne Cup. Araldo was put down several hours after the race after he fractured his leg when he kicked a fence.

"It's a huge thrill to win this race, as I said in the press yesterday, to repay a bit of faith that he showed in me".

Channel 7 commentator Bruce McAvaney said it was a "tragedy" while his colleague Richard Freedman had made a point of mentioning how agitated The Cliffsofmoher looked before the race.

"Internationally we have campaigned over here the last three years now and have been competitive but we have always learnt each trip what horse we felt was going to be needed on the big day".

Cliffsofmoher broke down just after passing the post the first time.

The Melbourne Cup dam burst in spectacular fashion for the Poms as Cross Counter for Appleby got home over fellow Englishmen Hughie Morrison (Marmelo) and Charlie Fellowes (A Prince Of Arran).

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