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08 November 2018, 07:47 | Pamela Mathis
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A decision to target the Melbourne Cup fresh this year has nearly achieved the dream result for connections of English-trained stayer Marmelo at Flemington.
Third-place finisher, Prince of Arran, had won the Lexus Stakes on Derby Day to secure its place in the Melbourne Cup, leaving trainer Charlie Fellowes agonisingly close to a Melbourne Cup Carnival double inside four days.
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"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", Executive General Manager Jamie Stier said.
Cross Counter, trained by Charlie Appleby and quoted at 10-1, gets in at a light weight but will be having only its eighth start.
Things had gone pear-shaped plenty of times over the years including in 2016 when the Sheikh remained unfulfilled despite gang-tackling the Melbourne Cup with five runners.
He told www.godolphin.com: "We've been competitive, but we've learnt more on each trip about what will make us more competitive".
"I am just so delighted".
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"This is huge for everybody". Godolphin has won hundreds of Group I races around the world but before today had never won the big one in Australia, despite more than 20 attempts.
The Cliffsofmoher is one of more than 100 horses killed on Australian racetracks each year. "And (wife) Cathy and myself have been looking around for a bigger house. and I said to one of the reporters yesterday that if I won I would buy Cathy a new house, so look out", said McEvoy.
"First and foremost this is for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin".
"It was an fantastic ride by Kerrin, win, lose or draw I always knew I had the right man on there and he had a blank canvas to go out there with", he said.
Yucatan, who finished 11th, pulled up lame in a near foreleg - a minor injury - but was also not in any further danger.
One of sport's greatest hoodoos is no more and the billion-dollar Sheikh, whose earliest memory was galloping through the desert on a white stallion with his father, can finally say he is a Melbourne Cup victor.
That's because of increasing attention being given to The Everest in mid-October.
Williams has already entered the history books by becoming the first trainer to win at every racecourse - Flat or jump racing - in the United Kingdom, but came up short with Magic Circle, a six-year-old gelding he bought last October for Koukash, a former refugee from the Middle East who has built up a multimillion dollar business in England's northwest.
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