Savage reaction to horse being euthanised after Melbourne Cup 'tragedy'

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On a rain-affected track and ridden by McEvoy for trainer Charlie Appleby, Cross Counter defeated Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran in an all-northern hemisphere finish.

It was the first win for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Godolphin, who have been trying to crack the Melbourne Cup since first trying with Faithful Son in 1998.

Last year Regal Monarch, which fell in race four on Melbourne Cup day, was euthanased after being injured during the race.

"We were confident we had the right horse coming in".

In the same 2014 race, import Araldo had to be euthanised because of an injury suffered when he was returning to scale.

Animal welfare groups led the calls for an inquiry into the death of The Cliffsofmoher, which was one of the leading fancies heading into the Melbourne Cup but was a late betting drifter after sweating up in the parade.

At least that's the view of prominent United Kingdom racing journalist Matt Chapman, who says Tuesday's Cup result has underlined just how weak Australian stayers are - and highlighted the need for change.

IT was on their many road trips to Yorkshire that aspiring trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey Kerrin McEvoy forged a bond that culminated with Cross Counter becoming the first British victor of the Melbourne Cup.

Chapman, speaking from the United Kingdom, said Godolphin's breakthrough success might signal the end for Australian winners.

English trainer Charlie Fellowes says he feels like a victor after A Prince Of Arran finished in third place behind Cross Counter in the Melbourne Cup.

McEvoy's win on the 9-1 shot followed his Melbourne Cup triumphs on Almandin in 2016 and Brew in 2000.

Appleby credited Sheikh Mohammed and his powerful global stable for the win, saying "they were all family".

"I have spoken to his highness and he's over the moon about this result."

"I'm just in the very fortunate position to have a great team behind me".

'So we're interrupting, we're peaceful, and I'm telling you the truth about how it's all put together, so your probably need a grinder (to cut the chains)'.

The Sheikh has tried for 20 years to dominate the race that stops the nation.

So important did the race become that Melbourne Cup Day has been a public holiday in Victoria state since 1877.

"He ran his race", Bowman said.

An official guides the finishing horses away from the stricken The Cliffsofmoher after the running of the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

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.