After 20 years, Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin stable recorded its first victory at the Melbourne Cup, billed as “the race that stops a nation.”
Godolphin’s maiden victory at Melbourne Cup
Sheikh Mohammed’s quest to win the Melbourne Cup began in 1998 when Faithful Runner became the first runner from Godolphin to take part in the race. Since then, millions were spent on his stable to win the Melbourne operation, but it never happened. In 2016, the stable sent five horses to Australia to compete in the race. None of them earned a victory, however.
Cross Counter helps Godolphin win maiden title
By the end of the race, four-year-old Cross Counter stormed down the track, passing Marmelo in the last 200 metres of the race. Jockey Kerrin McEvoy didn’t expect the turn of events at the end of the race either. He said “I’m just lucky I can ride light on these lovely stayers prepared unbelievably well by Godolphin and Charlie Appleby. And third Melbourne Cup, woo!”
Proud year for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin stable
Godolphin now boasts three stunning wins this year, finishing first at the Dubai World Cup, Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot. His horses, trained by Charlie Appleby, shared his excitement about the record after winning the Melbourne Cup, commenting “This year has been so incredible, winning a Derby and now this. I don’t want it to end.”