Six things to know about the 2018 Melbourne Cup race

Corey Brown rode Rekindling to victory in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington in 2017

Corey Brown rode Rekindling to victory in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington in 2017

The win gives the global racing operation Godolphin its first Cup win, while jockey Kerrin McEvoy won for the third time.

Unlike Yucatan and Best Solution, who have had winning runs in Melbourne in the lead up to the Melbourne Cup, Magic Circle will be having his first run since winning the Group 3 £70,000 Henry II Stakes (3264m) at Sandown Park in England on May 24.

The Cliffsofmoher pulled up suddenly at around the 600m point of the race, clipping several other horses before languishing at the back of the pack.

The forecasted rain arrived early on the day of the Cup, with more than 50 millimetres falling in the hours leading up to the race.

The track was downgraded immediately after Race 1 to a Heavy 8 and Race 2 was pushed back to a 1.40pm start.

Last year Regal Monarch, which fell in race four on Melbourne Cup day, was euthanased after being injured during the race.

Godolphin's owner, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, had spent a fortune sending horses to the "race that stops a nation" over two decades and now tastes victory after linking up with Newmarket trainer Appleby.

"He was delighted", Appleby said on Wednesday.

The Irish stallion had raced 17 times before today for three wins and five placings. But whoever had won it, we would have all been congratulating one another.

"For me it's obviously very special to be here, but for the team, it's just fantastic".

The unfortunate incident caused serious interference to the James Cummings-trained Avilius who finished 22nd. "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.

But Charlie Appleby insisted the Sheikh had remained patient and unflustered - and that helped lay the foundations for Cross Counter's 2018 win.

As the first British trainer to win, he said: "I'm so lucky.to be in this position to be able to train these horses".

"I'll be back next year".

"All those days have accumulated in us winning a Melbourne Cup together".

In fact, with Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran coming in second and third, it was a British-dominated field in Melbourne.

Trainer Charlie Fellowes had not trained a victor of any Group race before the Hotham.

A Prince Of Arran ($21) completed a clean-sweep for Britain, finishing another two lengths away third.

McEvoy's great triumph was also Cathy's first time seeing him win the Melbourne Cup, which he has managed to achieve on three occasions.

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