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Godolphin's rising star Cross Counter won Australia's greatest staying race (3200m) on Tuesday from fellow raiders Marmelo (second) and A Prince of Arran (third), handing the Europeans a trifecta in the Group 1 feature.

The four-year-old gelding handed jockey Kerrin McEvoy his third victory in the famous 3,200-metre (two mile) handicap, the "race that stops a nation", with Charlie Appleby the first English trainer to claim the trophy.

It has taken 30 years and millions of dollars, but Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum can now finally call himself a Melbourne Cup victor.

Morrison brought Marmelo to Australia last year and the horse ran an eye-catching sixth in the Caulfield Cup before starting equal favourite in that year's Melbourne Cup.

Yucatan, by the Irish sire Galileo out of the French mare Six Perfections, leads a strong foreign challenge for the 2018 Cup in which 11 of 24 runners are from the northern hemisphere.

"It has been on the bucket list for a long time and I am in the fortunate position to produce these horses", said Moulton Paddocks' Appleby, who also delivered a first-ever Derby for Godolphin this year with Masar's victory at Epsom.

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Trained by Charlie Appleby, Cross Counter became the first English-trained horse to win the race, taking the top prize of $2.8 million.

"There's no pressure put upon us", Appleby said.

"I have spoken to his highness and he's over the moon about this result."

Sheikh Mohammed spoke regularly with Appleby over the past few months as they formulated the plan to get Cross Counter in the $7.3 million Melbourne Cup.

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"We'll be back with something (next year) I can assure you".

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Prince of Arran came third.

Racing Victoria vets found he was lame in the near foreleg after the race. Now in its second year, the world's richest turf race was won for a second straight time by Redzel.

Perth Racing managing director John Yovich said the best thing about the Ascot celebrations was the nine-race card on track once the Cup had run.

Aidan O'Brien fielded three contenders with Rostropovich faring best in fifth, but the race was overshadowed by a fatal injury sustained by Cliffs Of Moher passing the post for the first time.

The Chairmen and Directors of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) later extended their sympathies, with Flemington Racecourse tweeting their condolences, "To the Williams family and the connections of The CliffsofMoher, which was euthanised after he went amiss in the Melbourne Cup".

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