The Melbourne Cup in 2018 was removed from the Cross Counter, making a great run out to defeat Marmelo and a prince of Arran, for English horses and coaches to make the big race.
Winner: Cross Meter, Charlie Apliby and Goolphin
Trainer Charlier Appleby is an expert. To come to Australia with only one Melbourne horse that has suffered a fallback or two, pull a barrier 19 and then see Kerrin McEvoy away from the eighth race of the racecourse … it's something extraordinary.
And, of course, the victory for Godolphin is enormous. It is the culmination of a decade of effort for Sheikh Mohammed, who loves racing, loves to see his fighters travel to the world that takes great tribes and will undoubtedly enjoy it.
Yes, it's not a victory for the warriors in any way, but even the worst contestants who prefer local horses and local instructors may be able to accept that no one has tried harder or harder than Godolphin.
Winner: International horses without a previous trip to Australia
Once a hoodoo, the turn of the international horses without running before the race does not win is now the other way round. It's a series of winners! The winning Cross Counter mirrors earn Rekindling for so many reasons, and the two good light hopes that entered a 3200-meter event. Without a first issue.
European horses remain at work and it is worth remembering this. It's not much known. Australian horses have a few tracks, tired and written on a branch to rest properly. In Europe, we see that horses with the most stables remain at work almost all year round. They are always fit and so they do not run week after week but just put together a set of runs during a year as they see fit.
This allows these horses to build their ability to a Melbourne Cup throughout the year, and only for now, at least, works. Horses like Cross Counter, Marmelo and Aran's Prince Aran had long preparations that put the miles on their feet.
Well, what about the players now? Are two for running enough for a full review? Or does this rule give us the Like A Prince Of Arran, which has run into calculations winning on Saturday after turning to the Melbourne Cup?
Eventually, Marmelo did the opposite last year and was much better this year. No running this year does not fit. It's under the horse, the trainer, the knowledge they have.
As all European trainers have heard about this "rule" and have seen it broken, it seems likely that they will prepare their horses as they see fit and we must trust them.
Winner: The piece of Flemington
46mm of rain hit the Flemington racetrack after 7:30 am, but the Melbourne Cup at 3pm. local time was largely unaffected. The surface drains greatly, and the rain that turned the races early into a mud that was thrown just was not there. It's a great racetrack.
Winner: Jockey Kerrin McEvoy
A nice walk to win the Cross Counter to win McEvoy, who gets his third cup. He has also won two Everests sitting on something like $ 30m prizemoney for owners, trainers and the very fifty, of course, over the past 13 months. It is not bad!
It was almost as wrong as Cross Counter simply avoided the poor The Cliffsofmoher and was lucky to be able to continue around the first turn. But McEvoy kept his nod, and away he went.
"We were lucky, on the first turn, with the horse collapsing. We were lucky to get through." I was back a bit more than I wanted.
"I knew I was full of running – I was at the back of Yucatan, it seemed empty, Yucatan." At 400 (meters) I said I had to go in my own way, and I was full of jogging at the furlong I thought "Comrade, again;".
English horses have never won the Melbourne Cup. It has been terribly close with the years and now, it is a trifecta. Marmelo went too far from Hughie Morrison last year, who learned his lesson about how good Marllo was in 2017. And young Charlie Felizse grabs third with Prince Arran in his first attempt … is a remarkable thing.
If you count it as a loss for Australians and Kiwi and so on, that's quite fair. I just do not know if our trainers have enough staying, enough home matches and proper tracks to really make our horses at 3200m.
Chris Waller had Finche in the fourth place, so maybe a test would be to see if he can improve the horse from his European training before coming here. It's a bigger debate maybe once again, but these three top was brilliant.
Another Cup, another where the story of the race would look and the traditional demands are in full swing. Cross Cross is such a new horse, without experience in a huge field, with no experience at 3200m, and with a wide barrier … the list goes on.
We had previously seen the dominance of slightly larger horses, with 6-year-olds having great luck by 2017 and 2018. Now they are young, lightly struggled horses with no weight doing the work.
Perhaps this is the case when the doors open completely, and horses from everywhere and all fall down – gives opportunities to those who earn it without having to worry about tried and true methods.
Nothing is worse for competing fans than to see a horse collapse in the Melbourne Cup and certainly not exactly in front of the crowd. He dropped a broken shoulder and the vets could not save him. It's very sad.
The rain that gathered the track actually played bad in the form. The route, as already mentioned, kept well, but it was a really soft surface. This really hurts those who are looking for a fixed piece and I thought my top top in Muntahaa just did not handle it well. It was loud throughout, a classic sign is simply not comfortable. The Japanese Chestnut Coat horse was just an opportunity on a steady pace.
Maybe the biggest loser was the Magic Circle. It was a huge edge to do well in a soft piece and just paddled, ending around the 16th.
But overall, the rain dropped gathering things massively. Anyone who has decided to bet on getting a solid piece in the days ahead – or even Monday – since the Flemington piece was watered during the night to make sure he was not too stable (!) – he would be a little surprised to listen to the piece scored a heavy surface from the start time.
I do not think that this means that people generally have to wait until the last minute in any way, but the time of Melbourne is Melbourne's time!