Trainer feels a victor with Cup placing

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

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Williams has already entered the history books by becoming the first trainer to win at every racecourse - Flat or jump racing - in the United Kingdom, but came up short with Magic Circle, a six-year-old gelding he bought last October for Koukash, a former refugee from the Middle East who has built up a multimillion dollar business in England's northwest. The statement added: "Hundreds of thousands of our customers enjoyed a punt on the big race".

A Kiwi punter has won nearly $100,000 after splurging out on the Melbourne Cup victor Cross Counter, but has been eclipsed by an Australian who has won A$500,000.

Cross Counter led a British one-two-three to win the coveted Aus$7.3 million (US$5.2 million) Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday and give the renowned Godolphin stable their maiden victory after two decades of frustration.

Cross Counter's win came 30 years after Sheikh Mohammed began his Melbourne Cup quest with Authaal who carried his maroon and white colours in 1988 and 20 years after Faithful Son became Godolphin's first runner.

The 2018 Melbourne Cup field remains intact with twenty-four horses to do battle over the gruelling 3200m trip at Flemington today.

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There have been several deaths in the past five years of the glamour race. That's a fair dent in the bank balance for most folk, but it doesn't seem so bad when you find out the Sheikh is reportedly worth almost $25 billion.

"Cliffsofmoher was spotted looking very agitated moments before the start and has now been killed after fracturing his right shoulder in the Melbourne Cup".

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is finally a big victor.

Wagering data from last year's Melbourne Cup Day showed that, in the immediate lead-up to the main race, a peak of 850 bets a second were being placed through Sportsbet.

Its turnover for the day - easily its biggest for the year - was about $10.6 million, equal to the record turnover for the 2015 Cup.

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And despite coming so close to winning Australia's most famous race in his second attempt with Marmelo, trainer Hughie Morrison was understandably proud at the performance of the stayer to run second to the younger and lighter-weighted Cross Counter. It's sinking in now.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed".

"This is all to do with Sheik Mohammad and Godolphin, they are all family".

"To get the job done, it was just a great achievement by the whole team but more importantly the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to get this team of horses and put us out there to go and take on the world".

"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.

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