Winx jockey Hugh Bowman Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo banned for a month

Carla Harmon
November 6, 2018

McEvoy's win was also special for the family as it was Cathy's first time seeing him win the Melbourne Cup after missing his 2016 ride with Almandin.

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington", Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria's manager of integrity services, said.

The Cliffsofmoher was an Irish horse ridden by English jockey Ryan Moore. It was only Cross Counter's eighth start, but he had missed a top-two finish only once.

The Charlie Appleby-trained gelding stormed down the straight from the outside to haul in runner-up and last year's favourite Marmelo, with A Prince of Arran coming third in the A$7.3 million (nearly $NZ8 million) handicap at Flemington racecourse.

Cross Counter was the final victor of the Melbourne Cup after a nail-biting final, taking the lead in the very last seconds of the home stretch.

Just two races after the Melbourne Cup was won by Cross Counter, Galaxy Raider and his jockey Jordan Childs crashed into the turf in a nasty high speed fall.

Racing Victoria, the governing body in Australia's southern state, said The Cliffsofmoher "was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained".

"In that field alone, horses were hit with whips several hundred times at least, with the highest number of hits occurring in the final 100 metres, when they are already exhausted". "What a field to do it in".

"I said to my wife Cathy they (Godolphin) are going to win it one year, I'm lucky enough to team up with this man, we've had some luck in previous carnivals and we have been lucky enough to do it again", he said.

"It's fantastic to be second in a Melbourne Cup, but to be second when you almost won [is hard]", Morrison said.

Appleby said the Melbourne Cup had been on his "bucket list for a long time".

The forecasted rain arrived early on the day of the Cup, with more than 50 millimetres falling in the hours leading up to the race.

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