Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Punter's incredible $500,000 Melbourne Cup payday

Punter's incredible $500,000 Melbourne Cup payday

Leading jockey Hugh Bowman has been suspended for a month for three separate offences when riding Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo on Tuesday.

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.

Charlie Appleby savoured an "amazing" year after becoming the first British trainer to win the Melbourne Cup.

Cross Counter's victory was the first time a British-trained horse has won the race at Flemington, this year valued at $7.3m.

Cross Counter saluted at the fixed odds price of $9 with, while one lucky punter enjoyed a $[Aus] 500,000 windfall having placed a $50,000 wager at $10 on Monday.

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. I was back a bit further than I wanted but I knew I was full of running.

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The coveted Melbourne Cup is heading to England for the first time after Cross Counter, the four-year-old bay trained at Newmarket by Charlie Appleby, stormed down the home straight to win Australia's biggest race. The horse could not be saved and was euthanised. "It's great that an English trainer has finally won this race", said Fellowes.

"I don't think there'll be any change in that respect", he said. "But Kerrin, I'm just delighted, that's some ride, I saw him going down the back there.the way he angled out when making his ride; I just thought, turning in, if he finds the gaps, this horse has got the gears to pick up".

Race-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy was a stable rider for Godolphin before parting ways to ride freelance in 2014.

Appleby said it was every trainer's dream to win the Melbourne Cup. "He's the one that's given us the encouragement to take the chances in what we do", he said.

The Cup victory notched up 30 Group One wins for Godolphin worldwide in 2018.

"People under pressure make rash decisions, I hope we're making the right decisions now".

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