Winx jockey Hugh Bowman Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo banned for a month


"Internationally we have campaigned over here the last three years now and have been competitive but we have always learnt each trip what horse we felt was going to be needed on the big day".

Godolphin has tried for many years to win "The Race That Stops A Nation", and Tuesday at Flemington Racecourse in Australia, the drought ended with a victory by 3-year-old Cross Counter (GB) in the Melbourne Cup for Sheik Mohammed's team, including trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey Kerrin Mcevoy.

Cross Counter ran down Marmelo over the final 200 metres to claim victory with Prince of Arran third.

In a statement, RSPCA Australia spokesperson Jane Speechley said: "Our thoughts are with animal lovers across the country who have been affected by this loss, and confronted by the very real risks posed by racing to the horses involved".

Bowman, who finished second behind British stayer Cross Counter in the feature race, was initially banned for 41 race meetings but had his suspension reduced to 35 meetings.

One lucky punter has bagged half a million dollars after a gutsy bet on Cross Counter to win the Melbourne Cup.

Third-place finisher, Prince of Arran, had won the Lexus Stakes on Derby Day to secure its place in the Melbourne Cup, leaving trainer Charlie Fellowes agonisingly close to a Melbourne Cup Carnival double inside four days.

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The horse was the sixth to die as a result of the Melbourne Cup since 2013.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained runner broke down just after crossing the post the first time - just 1000m after the start. The horse could not be saved and was euthanised.

"I know how much this race means to him - he's been trying to win if for a while and so I am so happy this horse has been able to do it for him".

Kerrin McEvoy, who rode the race victor Cross Counter, was fined $3,000 for also exceeding the whip limit, using it nine times before the final 100 metres.

Race-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy was a stable rider for Godolphin before parting ways to ride freelance in 2014.

Appleby said the Melbourne Cup had been on his "bucket list for a long time".