Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup

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6 November, 2018 10:23 AM

Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup

Kiwi jockey James McDonald rides Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan/Getty Images

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British raider Cross Counter won the coveted Aus$7.3 million (US$5.2 million) Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday on a soft track after torrential rain, reports AFP.

The four-year-old gelding gave jockey Kerrin McEvoy his third victory in the famous 3,200-metre (two mile) handicap race after he powered past Marmelo in the finishing straight. Prince of Arran came third.

Cross Counter has made history by becoming the first British-trained racehorse to win the Melbourne Cup. Charlie Appleby saddled the winner, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, in the 158th running of Australia's famous race, reports BBC.

Cross Counter led home a 1-2-3 for British-trained runners from Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

The winner is owned by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team, which also won the Derby at Epsom for the first time this year with Masar for Appleby.