Godolphin horse becomes first British-trained victor of Melbourne Cup

Rekindling's trainer Joseph O'Brien and jockey Corey Brown with the Melbourne Cup

Rekindling's trainer Joseph O'Brien and jockey Corey Brown with the Melbourne Cup

Injuries and subsequent euthanization of horses in the Melbourne Cup have led to criticism of the day and the sport overall, with a growing number of Australians now turning away from the once-widely popular event.

A hotel in Sydney has faced both backlash and praise for hosting an anti-Melbourne Cup event, News.com.au reported.

Wet weather is wreaking havoc in Melbourne as we head towards Race 7 at Flemington Racecourse for the Melbourne Cup.

Victorian stewards were able to avoid calling off the Melbourne Cup mid race - won by Charlie Appleby's Cross Counter - but the Lloyd Williams and Coolmore-owned The Cliffsofmoher could not be saved.

It was also a first win in the race for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team, for whom Appleby saddled Masar to their maiden Derby win at Epsom in June.

"Ryan (Moore) could have had a fall or someone else could have got injured".

A year later pre-race favourite Admire Ratki died after collapsing from heart failure in the stalls minutes after the race.

Things had gone pear-shaped plenty of times over the years including in 2016 when the Sheikh remained unfulfilled despite gang-tackling the Melbourne Cup with five runners. "He's just such a brick of a horse, he gives you his all and he's an absolute gentleman, anybody can ride him".

Caulfield Cup victor Best Solution is also a wet weather specialist, with three wins from four starts and is $13.

Protesters used the opportunity on Tuesday to highlight animal rights and the country's treatment of refugees.

But it was also noted in the coverage that the horse frequently did this before races, including when he ran without incident last start in the Caulfield Cup to finish third. It was also 20 years after Faithful Son became the first runner for the Godolphin operation in Melbourne.

"Quite simply we all knew a European horse would win this race". The victor of the first Cup, Mr Marshall, owner of Tory Boy, described it as a "monstrosity", according to the National Museum of Australia.

In a field dominated by global runners, Youngstar was the best-placed of the Australian-bred horses, the Chris Waller-trained stayer finishing sixth.

A Prince Of Arran has pulled up from his win in the Lexus Stakes at Flemington in far better shape than his trainer Charlie Fellowes.

"I fit into my G-string now", Koukash told racing.com three days before the race.

"That's going to put our name out there a little bit more and hopefully now that we can show what we can do, we can build on this".

"I took his rug off and he looks fantastic".

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