|Date||6 November 2018|
|Winning horse||Cross Counter|
|Trainer||Charlie Appleby (UAE)|
The 2018 Melbourne Cup (known commercially as 2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup) was the 158th running of the Melbourne Cup, a prestigious Australian Thoroughbred horse race. The race was run over 3,200 metres (1.988 mi) on 6 November 2018 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
Find out all you need to know about this year's Melbourne Cup which takes place at Flemington racecourse in Australia. The 2018 Melbourne Cup (known commercially as 2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup) was the 158th running of the Melbourne Cup, a prestigious Australian Thoroughbred horse race. The race was run over 3,200 metres on 6 November 2018 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Lexus commenced a five year naming.
Lexus commenced a five year naming rights sponsorship deal, taking over from Emirates. It was the last Melbourne Cup broadcast by the Seven Network before Network Ten takes over in 2019.
The race was won by Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy and trained by Charlie Appleby.
|1||Best Solution||Saeed bin Suroor (UAE)||Pat Cosgrave||6||8|
|2||The Cliffsofmoher||Aidan O'Brien (Ireland)||Ryan Moore||9||Did not Finish|
|3||Magic Circle||Ian Williams (Great Britain)||Corey Brown||17||16|
|4||Chestnut Coat||Yoshito Yahagi (Japan)||Yuga Kawada||4||14|
|5||Muntahaa||John Gosden (Great Britain)||Jim Crowley||13||9|
|6||Sound Check||Michael Moroney||Jordan Childs||16||18|
|7||Who Shot Thebarman||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||18||17|
|8||Ace High||David Payne||Tye Angland||22||20|
|9||Marmelo||Hughie Morrison (Great Britain)||Hugh Bowman||10||2|
|10||Avilius||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||11||22|
|11||Yucatan||Aidan O'Brien (Ireland)||James McDonald||23||11|
|12||Auvray||Richard Freedman||Tommy Berry||1||21|
|13||Finche||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||15||4|
|14||Red Cardinal||Darren Weir||Damien Oliver||5||23|
|15||Vengeur Masque||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||2||15|
|16||Ventura Storm||David Hayes||Mark Zahra||7||10|
|17||A Prince of Arran||Charlie Fellowes (Great Britain)||Michael Walker||20||3|
|18||Nakeeta||Iain Jardine (Great Britain)||Regan Bayliss||3||12|
|19||Sir Charles Road||Lance O'Sullivan (New Zealand)||Dwayne Dunn||14||7|
|20||Zacada||Murray Baker (New Zealand)||Damian Lane||24||13|
|21||Runaway||Gai Waterhouse||Stephen Baster||12||19|
|22||Youngstar||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||8||6|
|23||Cross Counter||Charlie Appleby (UAE)||Kerrin McEvoy||19||1|
|24||Rostropovich||Aidan O'Brien (Ireland)||Wayne Lordan||21||5|
Irish colt The CliffsofMoher was euthanised after he suffered a fractured right shoulder.
Some European horses are forced to be renamed if horses with the same name are raced in Australia. Sound Check renamed at Sound, Cliffs of Moher renamed The CliffsofMoher and Prince of Arran were renamed to A Prince of Arran. Sound Check were permitted raced at original name on Melbourne Cup.
After the races, 6 jockeys were fined.
Hugh Bowman was cited on three separate charges in the $7.3 million race - an incident of careless riding at the 500m, excessive whip use prior to the final 100m and the fact that he weighed in more than half a kilogram over his prescribed weight of 55kg aboard runner-up Marmelo.
Kerrin McEvoy was fined $3000 after using the whip nine times - four more than what is permitted under the rules - on Cross Counter in the final 400m of the race.
Jim Crowley and Christine Puls were also suspended for careless riding on the undercard at Flemington. 
What Is The Purse For The Melbourne Cup
- ^'Track records and Attendances'. Flemington.com.au. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
- ^Lexus Melbourne Cup's new sponsorRacing.com 13 February 2018
- ^Ten wins Melbourne Cup broadcast rights from SevenMumbrella 31 August 2018
- ^'Melbourne Cup: 2018 field, form guide and sweep'. ABC News. 4 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- ^'Melbourne Cup 2018: Cross Counter takes out the Melbourne Cup'. The Age. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- ^Matthey, James. 'Melbourne Cup 2018: Final finishing order'news.com.au, 6 November 2018. Retrieved on 6 November 2018.
- ^'Melbourne Cup: The CliffsofMoher breaks down during run, unable to be saved'. Wide World of Sports. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
What Is Melbourne Cup 2019
Barrier Draw - depends on the racing style of the horse. If they like to race forward an inside gate will assist, if they usually race back and swoop late it doesn't matter where they draw. Keep in mind it is very hard to lead all the way in the Melbourne Cup due to the distance involved.
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International Raiders - Melbourne Cup runners whose careers began in Europe are begining to dominate. The winners of the 2010 & 2011 Melbourne Cups were Australian owned but trained in France. In 2012 & 2013 the winners were imported from the UK to local stables. The winner in 2014 migrated here from Germany, 2015 winner was locally trained and bred but in 2016 the winner was another locally trained import. In 2018 the winner was a lightly raced 3yo from the northern hemisphere.
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