The thoroughbred family behind Cup victor

Magic Circle ridden by Fran Berry won at Sandown Park in May

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AIDAN O'Brien hopes Ryan Moore has the key to unlock The Cliffsofmoher's quirks as the champion trainer tries to add further lustre to Ireland's Melbourne Cup record.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed".

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.

"His Highness could see a trend developing where young improving stayers from Europe would be ideally suited by the Melbourne Cup, and Cross Counter fitted that description perfectly", Appleby said a day after the triumph.

But Charlie Appleby insisted the Sheikh had remained patient and unflustered - and that helped lay the foundations for Cross Counter's 2018 win.

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the backer behind Godolphin, the biggest thoroughbred racing operation on the planet.

"I was delighted what I saw and more so after I'd spoken to Kerrin".

The win gave McEvoy his third Cup win, but it was Sheikh Mohammed who gave him his first chance in the race, putting him on Beekeeper who finished third in 2002, and that ride led to McEvoy joining the Godolphin team.

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"It has been on the bucket list for a long time and I am in the fortunate position to produce these horses", said Moulton Paddocks' Appleby, who also delivered a first-ever Derby for Godolphin this year with Masar's victory at Epsom.

"I said to Kerrin last night, because I missed out when he won on Almandin when I was pregnant, "please win it tomorrow because I feel like I'm here and I missed out that year", she said.

"I can't thank everyone enough".

Racing out of barrier 19 on a rain-affected track, Cross Counter put on a withering burst of speed down the finishing straight to edge fellow British horses Marmelo and Prince of Arran and win Aus$4 million. It's a day I will never forget.

One of sport's greatest hoodoos is no more and the billion-dollar Sheikh, whose earliest memory was galloping through the desert on a white stallion with his father, can finally say he is a Melbourne Cup victor.

It was a relief for McEvoy, who was blocked when Aidan O'Brien-trained Cliffsofmoher pulled up lame early in the race. Godolphin's Cross Counter, a four-year-old gelding with just seven race starts, along with another British challenger Magic Circle, trained by Ian Williams, took most of the punters' money in the minutes ahead of the race.

The Newmarket-based Appleby, who gave Godolphin its first Epsom Derby victor, Masar, in June, added: "This is huge for everybody".

Before today, the mega stable had come away with just three second places and two thirds in the Cup. "Well done to Charlie and this little horse", McEvoy said.

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