Melbourne Cup 2018 Goes to Cross Counter Appleby and McEvoy
Cross Counter has won the 2018 Melbourne Cup.
The British gelding of the Godolphin operation, trained by Charlie Appleby, was third favourite when the barriers opened and the 19th barrier proved no hindrance.
Marmelo, prepped and ridden by the Hughie brothers, ran second from the 10th barrier after starting at $12.
Cross Counter may have surprised a few.
The 2018 Melbourne Cup was just the eighth start of his career and while his price suggested that he was a legitimate chance, he had won nothing of which to speak in his earlier seven jumps beyond the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood racecourse in Great Britain in August.
Those race supporters who lament the decline of staying races can resurrect the chorus, because prior to the Melbourne Cup victory, Cross Counter had never gone beyond a mile-and-a-half and his prizemoney, less the $4.25 million the Melbourne Cup brought him, was a miniscule, laughable $287,000.
It was the third Melbourne Cup victory for jockey Kerrin McEvoy and he now lacks only the Cox Plate if he wants to claim a career trifecta.
Charlie Appleby claimed his first Melbourne Cup as a trainer, but do not shed tears for him. Two days prior to winning The Race That Stops A Nation, he was pocketing his fee from winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs, Kentucky, with Line of Duty.
We are uncertain of Appleby’s exact whereabouts as all this was going on, but we are certain that Ryan Moore, the jockey that seems capable of being in two places simultaneously, made it from Kentucky and his rides in the Breeders’ Cup meeting on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) back to Flemington in time to ride Aidan O’Brien’s The Cliffsofmoher.
Moore must have copped a nap during the Cup, however, as the horse could not be bother to run the entire two miles. Moore must have passed some jet lag to Cliffsofmoher via his posterior.