Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup

Cross Counter has ended two decades of Melbourne Cup frustration for Godolphin in winning Australia’s greatest horse race.

On a rain-affected track and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy for trainer Charlie Appleby, Cross Counter defeated Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran in an all-northern hemisphere finish.

One of the most influential racing operations in the world, the Sheikh Mohammed-backed stable has been trying to win the Melbourne Cup since 1998.

First past the post in the 158th running of the Melbourne Cup were:

1. Cross Counter

2. Marmelo

3. A Prince Of Arran

Australian Associated Press