Foreign raiders set sights on Australia’s Melbourne Cup

Foreign raiders set sights on Australia’s Melbourne Cup

Foreign raiders set sights on Australia’s Melbourne Cup

The win by Cross Counter, the first English horse to triumph in the Melbourne Cup, came 30 years after Sheikh Mohammed fielded his first horse, Authaal, in the "race that stops a nation".

One of the world's richest men, Sheikh Mohammed first tried to win the Melbourne Cup in 1988.

The Cup dates back to 1865 and was the result of a rivalry between two horse race organizing committees - the Victorian Jockey Club and the Victorian Turf Club, with the latter introducing the event as a handicap race.

But there was sadness among the 100,000-strong crowd with Irish five-year-old The CliffsofMoher, ridden by champion jockey Ryan Moore, euthanised after suffering a fractured right shoulder early in the race.

"We were confident we had the right horse coming in".

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy celebrated his third win in the grueling two-mile race, drawing level with active jockeys Damien Oliver and Glen Boss.

"It's a real problem for you lot because, bar Winx - and even the horses Winx is beating. this Melbourne Cup has just confirmed everything.

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

It's the first time an England-trained horse has won the Cup, with Charlie Appleby winning after several attempts.

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"It's sinking in now", Appleby said afterwards.

'We want the camps shut down and evacuated, and we don't think Melbourne should be doing all this neo-liberal capitalist celebrating while people and horses are dying, ' the woman, who introduced herself as Sam said.

"So I can't believe it".

Cross Counter's victory added another feather to Appleby's cap with the trainer having sent out Masar to win the Derby at Epsom back in June in the blue silks of Godolphin.

It was also a day to remember for Charlie Fellowes' A Prince Of Arran, who finished third after at one point looking like it would be him that was going to end the British drought.

Viewers reacted in horror after the Melbourne Cup hopeful pulled up lame in a mid-race mishap. With the cost of training a thoroughbred averaging around £20,000 ($26,000) a year, that means it may have spent as much as £4.8 million on getting the animals race ready.

A deluge of rain has seen the Flemington track downgraded numerous times, which begs the question: has the Melbourne Cup ever been cancelled?

"RSPCA Australia has long voiced its concerns about the welfare of racehorses, including the use of inhumane devices such as whips and tongue ties, as well as the risk to injury and death during races", the RSPCA said in a statement.

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