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2018 Melbourne Cup
Melbourne Cup
LocationFlemington Racecourse
Melbourne, Australia
Date6 November 2018
Winning horseCross Counter
JockeyKerrin McEvoy
TrainerCharlie Appleby (UAE)
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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.[2] It was the last Melbourne Cup broadcast by the Seven Network before Network Ten takes over in 2019.[3]

The race was won by Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy and trained by Charlie Appleby.[4][5]


1Best SolutionSaeed bin Suroor (UAE)Pat Cosgrave68[6]
2The CliffsofmoherAidan O'Brien (Ireland)Ryan Moore9Did not Finish
3Magic CircleIan Williams (Great Britain)Corey Brown1716
4Chestnut CoatYoshito Yahagi (Japan)Yuga Kawada414
5MuntahaaJohn Gosden (Great Britain)Jim Crowley139
6Sound CheckMichael MoroneyJordan Childs1618
7Who Shot ThebarmanChris WallerBen Melham1817
8Ace HighDavid PayneTye Angland2220
9MarmeloHughie Morrison (Great Britain)Hugh Bowman102
10AviliusJames CummingsGlyn Schofield1122
11YucatanAidan O'Brien (Ireland)James McDonald2311
12AuvrayRichard FreedmanTommy Berry121
13FincheChris WallerZac Purton154
14Red CardinalDarren WeirDamien Oliver523
15Vengeur MasqueMichael MoroneyPatrick Moloney215
16Ventura StormDavid HayesMark Zahra710
17A Prince of ArranCharlie Fellowes (Great Britain)Michael Walker203
18NakeetaIain Jardine (Great Britain)Regan Bayliss312
19Sir Charles RoadLance O'Sullivan (New Zealand)Dwayne Dunn147
20ZacadaMurray Baker (New Zealand)Damian Lane2413
21RunawayGai WaterhouseStephen Baster1219
22YoungstarChris WallerCraig Williams86
23Cross CounterCharlie Appleby (UAE)Kerrin McEvoy191
24RostropovichAidan O'Brien (Ireland)Wayne Lordan215


Irish colt The CliffsofMoher was euthanised after he suffered a fractured right shoulder.[7]

Horse naming[edit]

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. [8]



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  1. ^'Track records and Attendances'. Flemington.com.au. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. ^Lexus Melbourne Cup's new sponsorRacing.com 13 February 2018
  3. ^Ten wins Melbourne Cup broadcast rights from SevenMumbrella 31 August 2018
  4. ^'Melbourne Cup: 2018 field, form guide and sweep'. ABC News. 4 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. ^'Melbourne Cup 2018: Cross Counter takes out the Melbourne Cup'. The Age. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  6. ^Matthey, James. 'Melbourne Cup 2018: Final finishing order'news.com.au, 6 November 2018. Retrieved on 6 November 2018.
  7. ^'Melbourne Cup: The CliffsofMoher breaks down during run, unable to be saved'. Wide World of Sports. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
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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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