Melbourne Cup 2018: Cliffsofmoher put down after fracturing shoulder during race

Yucatan's owner Nick Williams pulls barrier 23 at the Melbourne Cup draw on Saturday

English stayer Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, gave Dubai-based Godolphin stable its first Melbourne Cup with victory in Australia's largest and most prestigious horse race on Tuesday.

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.

The Melbourne Cup is one of the few trophies in world racing which has eluded its owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained horse suffered a fractured shoulder during Tuesday's race and had to be euthanised, Racing Victoria's executive general manager - integrity services, Jamie Stier, said in a statement.

"Coming into today, this horse ticked a lot of boxes".

For jockey Kerrin McEvoy, winning a third Melbourne Cup was unbelievable.

The Cliffsofmoher's jockey Moore, considered the world's best, was emotional after the race as Williams' tilt at a seventh Melbourne Cup turned into a nightmare.

Melbourne Cup day has proved a lethal undertaking for runners in recent years, with six horses killed after complications since 2013.

Fellowes, who hopes to become the first British trainer to win the Melbourne Cup, described the parade experience as unbelievable.

Prince of Arran came third.

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"It's very sad", Joe O'Brien said.

"So I can't believe it. It's just great for the team".

"It's great to be stood here and it's fantastic for Godolphin", Appleby told CNN affiliate Seven News Australia after Cross Counter and McEvoy's win.

"I think we certainly should consider it", he said.

Foreign horses have won several of the key leadup races to this year.

A Kiwi punter has won nearly $100,000 after splurging out on the Melbourne Cup victor Cross Counter, but has been eclipsed by an Australian who has won A$500,000.

"Charlie and myself used to travel to Doncaster and Chester and all of the tracks up north in England, back when I was over there riding, and all of those miles meant this, winning the Melbourne Cup".

The stewards' report listed Marmelo, as well as Aidan O'Brien's Yucatan (11th), as mildly lame after the race, while fellow Werribee resident Magic Circle (16th) displayed signs of an exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage post-race.

In a field dominated by global runners, Youngstar was the best-placed of the Australian-bred horses, the Chris Waller-trained stayer finishing sixth.

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.

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