Can you be an animal activist and still support horse racing? In short, yes.
The Melbourne Cup is over for another year and we all want to know how our trifectas went – who came first, second or third.
It was wet and windy down at Flemington with race administrators downgrading the track almost on the hour due to heavy rain.
This left Magic Circle and his owner-cum-G-string advocate Dr Marwan Koukash in the box seat as the classy stayer has shown breathtaking form on soft tracks.
Thankfully for Flemington punters, the clouds parted as the afternoon geared up to Race 7 giving all of the horses a decent sniff to take home the big gong.
As many expected, the race was a slow one and when it eventually finished Cross Counter took out first place as he flew down the straight, Marmelo came in second and A Prince of Arran finished third.
First place:Cross Counter
Third place: A Prince of Arran
For everyone playing along at home, the third-place-getters of the past three years were Max Dynamite in 2017, Hartnell in 2016 and Criterion back in 2015.