The 2018 Melbourne Cup has come and gone.
Cross Counter, Godolphin’s British gelding was the winner, from another British horse, Marmelo, with Brit A Prince Of Arran rounding out the podium.
Chris Waller trained Finche came in fourth. The five-year-old entire also lists Great Britain as country of origin.
Might it be time to save all the bother and simply run the Melbourne Cup in England?
This year’s race saw a heavy rain descending on Flemington and slowing the course, dampening the hopes of some of the highly touted runners, such as Yucatan, Avilius and The Cliffsofmoher.
Cross Counter jumped at $9, third-favourite, while favourite Yucatan ($6) had a poor showing for punters, unless there were some punters able to captialise on Yucatan being horse number 11, finishing 11th and 11 lengths off the lead. That would have been an exotic trifecta for certain.
Second favourite Magic Circle ($7) was sunk in the mud and could do no better than 16th, so the bookies kept a lot of punters’ money for this run of the Melbourne Cup.
The best punt might have been on how far the stewards would downgrade the track. They opened with Good 4, which may have been more accurately described as Good for Nothing 4. It was down to Soft 6 before the opening race and was declared Heavy 8. They somehow managed to call it Soft 7 before the Melbourne Cup,
One of the big stories to come out of the race was that Hugh Bowman was fined and suspended for several infractions, one of which was to come back after the race weighing more than when he started.
Jockey Mark Zahra, after winning the opening race said, “Geez it’s wet.”
That could explain Bowman’s weight issue. His boots were full of water.
Conditions such as those at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day often result in meeting being abandoned. Beau Mertens estimated that he had a kilo of water in each boot.
Bowman came back a kilo heavy and must have lost a boot at some point during the race.