Cup-winning sheikh will be back for more

Melbourne Cup favourite Irish horse Yucatan leads stablemate Cliffs of Moher during an early morning run at the Werribee racecourse

Melbourne Cup favourite Irish horse Yucatan leads stablemate Cliffs of Moher during an early morning run at the Werribee racecourse

Charlie Appleby, trainer of Cross Counter, became the first Englishman to ever train a Melbourne Cup victor.

In fact, with Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran coming in second and third, it was a British-dominated field in Melbourne.

Since first trying to win the Melbourne Cup in 1988 with Colin Hayes and Authaal, Sheikh Mohammed has invested millions in chasing the Holy Grail of Australian racing.

The incident happened as contenders crossed the wire the first time by in the two-mile race at Flemington. Only Bobby Lewis and Harry White have won more with four victories apiece.

Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria's manager of integrity services, confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon, The Age reported.

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. Oh what a thrill, mate.

"At 400, I had to go my own way and I was full of running".

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He said: "It was an unbelievable run - I'm completely speechless". "It's not sunk in yet".

THE first three congratulatory words Charlie Appleby heard from Sheikh Mohammed were all Arabic, but the meaning was clear. He's the one that's given us the encouragement to take the chances in what we do.

"The time difference has meant a lot of punters' activity has come through later in the morning and has been skewed towards the outsiders", the agency's Ella Zampatti said.

"I think it will mean a huge amount to him, but I imagine he will be just as pleased about the fact that this whole year has been really one series of continued successes", Anderson said of the Cup win. "I knew that if he found the gaps, this horse has got the gears to pick up".

Yucatan was among the favourites for the Ballydoyle team but he finished 11th, with pre-race rain resulting in a less than ideal surface for him.

Regal Monarch, trained by Chris Waller, was euthanised after falling in race four a year ago, while British stayer Red Cadeaux was put down two weeks after falling and breaking a leg in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

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