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HIGHLIGHTS: 2018 Melbourne Cup won by Cross Counter

Cross Counter has taken out the 2018 Melbourne Cup on a very wet Flemington track.

Blitzing the field in the final meters, Cross Counter raced past Marmello (2nd), Price of Arran (3rd) and Finche (4th) to claim a historic win.

The victory is the second Melbourne Cup crown in just three years for veteran jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who claimed the famous race riding Almandin in 2016.

Pre-race favourite Yucatan struggled to find space in the final stretch, finishing 11th.

Earlier in the day the track had been downgraded from a good 6 to a heavy 8 as more rain bucketed the course and made life extremely difficult for the jockeys and horses in the lead-up races.

The conditions also changed the betting markets as punters looked towards horses that had known form in the wet.

However, in typical Melbourne fashion, the sun came out and the track condition improved just before the race.

Even so, it was still a damp track and the 1990 race record of 3 minutes and 16 seconds was never going to be under threat but that didn’t bother the owners and connections who pocketed a cool $4 million for the triumph.

Sadly, the race was marred by the death of runner Cliffsofmoher, who suffered a broken shoulder within the first 600-metres of the race.

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