Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy pre-race promise to wife

Aubrey Yates
November 6, 2018

It was the fifth win in eight starts for Cross Counter, whose dam Waitress is a daughter of US-bred Kingmambo.

Cross Counter's win was the first Cup triumph for the famed Godolphin stable, who had never won Australia's greatest race in more than 20 attempts.

One TAB punter is certain to be rejoicing after placing $50,000 on Cross Counter at $10 following the barrier draw to win $500,000.

"They [Godolphin] have been striving to win this race for a long time", McEvoy said at the presentation.

Sheikh Mohammed's personal Melbourne Cup drought had stretched three decades back to 1988 when he was first represented in the Cup by Authaal, trained by the late Colin Hayes, which finished 19th.

Starting a $9 chance, Cross Counter settled in the second half of the field but producing a stirring finish to overhaul Marmelo ($12) who was initially being hailed the victor for Hugh Bowman.

"People under pressure make rash decisions, I hope we're making the right decisions now". I thought mate, is this happening again?

But The Cliffsofmoher, trained in Ireland by Aidan O'Brien, was put down after sustaining a fractured shoulder.

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"I'm absolutely delighted. This is everybody's dream", said Appleby, who also prepared Epsom Derby victor Masar.

Hugh Bowman was found guilty of three transgressions: careless riding for allowing his horse to cause interference to Japanese runner Chestnut Coat; using the whip 12 times before the final 100 metres of the race when the limit is five; and being a kilo over his assigned weight limit.

"And yeah look, I'm just lucky I can ride light on these lovely stayers prepared unbelievably well by Godolphin and Charlie Appleby".

Race-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy was a stable rider for Godolphin before parting ways to ride freelance in 2014.

'We admire your horsemanship skills and ability to ride, ' Cram said in the hearing.

Two of his three Cup wins have come since that move.

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

"We have campaigned over here the last three years now and have been competitive but we have always learnt each trip what horse we felt was going to be needed on the big day".

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