Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter trainer Charlie Appleby savours win in Australian race

Melbourne's Spring Festival which includes the Melbourne Cup takes place at Flemington Racecourse

Melbourne's Spring Festival which includes the Melbourne Cup takes place at Flemington Racecourse

CROSS Counter has won the 2018 Melbourne Cup, in a race marred by the death of Irish galloper The Cliffsofmoher, which was injured inside the first 600m.

Regal Monarch, trained by Chris Waller, was euthanised after falling in race four a year ago, while British stayer Red Cadeaux was put down two weeks after falling and breaking a leg in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

The horse was the sixth to die as a result of the Melbourne Cup since 2013.

The Cliffsofmoher was euthanised on the track after fracturing his shoulder early in the Melbourne Cup.

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Fan favourite Red Cadeaux, who finished second on three occasions, was pulled up in the final straight of the 2015 edition of the race and it was later confirmed he suffered a break in his left foreleg. Araldo was put down several hours after the race after he fractured his leg when he kicked a fence.

"We're seeing to the growing number of Australians who feel uncomfortable about watching horse racing, and tragic incident like this provided a catalyst for that concern".

"It's a huge thrill to win this race, as I said in the press yesterday, to repay a bit of faith that he showed in me".

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".

Fondly called "The Race that Stops a Nation", Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday in metropolitan Melbourne.

Described as a "tragedy" by veteran Seven commentator Bruce McAvaney, the United Kingdom raider pulled up lame as the field passed the finishing post for the first time.

Every first Tuesday of November is marked for the Melbourne Cup date, and Melbourne Cup history has spanned centuries.

"Cliffsofmoher, he's melting like an ice-cream at the moment", Seven commentator Richard Freedman said.

Cross Counter started at a $9 chance and initially settled in the second half of the field, but came through for victory, overtaking Marmelo, another British horse, in the last seconds of the race.

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