Cross Counter claims historic British triumph in Australia's Melbourne Cup

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Dwayne Dunn, who will ride Sir Charles Road on Tuesday, also dreams of winning a Melbourne Cup.

In Arabic, he told Charlie Appleby: "Well done".

"I'm just in the very fortunate position to have a great team behind me".

Marmelo was second with A Prince Of Arran, victor of Saturday's Lexus Stakes at the same course, in third.

"Today's tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks these horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality", said Speechley.

"When I saw him down the back I thought he had to do a lot", Appleby said.

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Favorite Yucatan, prepared by O'Brien, finished 11th, with the Irishman's other entrant Rostropovich fifth in a disappointing race for the master trainer.

It was also a first win in the race for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team, for whom Appleby saddled Masar to their maiden Derby win at Epsom in June.

"That's what it's all about, the learning curve. I knew that if he found the gaps, this horse has got the gears to pick up".

Their respect was such that Australian-born McEvoy, the 2004 St Leger-winning rider on Rule Of Law, was the obvious choice to partner the late maturing Cross Counter to a historic win as William Buick, Appleby's No 1 rider, could not make the light weight.

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It was Buick who was in the saddle when Cross Counter finished runner-up in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York's Ebor festival - a performance that left the gelding at the very bottom of the handicap with just eight stone to carry in the race that stops Australia.

"I promised (my four kids) a swimming pool". But whoever had won it, we would have all been congratulating one another.

Cross Counter's victory was the first time a British-trained horse has won the race at Flemington, this year valued at $7.3m.

Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, promoted him in 2013 when trainer Mahmood al Zarooni was given an eight-year ban after a doping scandal.

He is equally determined to celebrate by stripping down to his G-string, despite the Victoria Racing Club saying it would be a shame if the enthusiastic owner had to miss the presentation due to a "wardrobe malfunction".

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