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Morrison admitted he thought Marmelo and Hugh Bowman had stolen a winning margin at the furlong and said the six-year-old was simply beaten by a talented horse with a significant 4kg weight swing.

Sheets and a tent were immediately put up to protect the horse and the tragic scene from shocked spectators, with some sharing photos online following the tragedy.

Trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Cross Counter crossed the line clear of Marmelo in second place and A Prince of Arran in third.

"I'm getting wet here but I don't give a stuff because I'm enjoying winning my third Melbourne Cup", McEvoy said.

Cross Counter was the final victor of the Melbourne Cup after a nail-biting final, taking the lead in the very last seconds of the home stretch.

The 2014 race claimed the lives of two runners in favourite Admire Rakti and seventh-placed Araldo, while French mare Verema died after breaking her leg in the back straight of the 2013 edition.

There were bad scenes as the horses passed the finishing post for the first of two laps when fancied global The Cliffsofmoher broke down mid-race.

The Melbourne Cup win was only Cross Counter's eighth race and fifth start.

"I had to go my own way and we were full of running".

Before the race, The Cliffsofmoher was "sweating up", which can sometimes be an indication a horse is in distress.

"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".

Cross Counter (GB) ridden by Kerrin McEvoy wins the Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on November 06, 2018 in Flemington, Australia.

Two of his three Cup wins have come since that move. "He's the one that's given us the encouragement to take the chances in what we do", he said.

The Melbourne Cup and America's Kentucky Derby have long eluded Sheikh Mohammed.

"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".

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