After many near misses, Cross Counter finally became the first British trained winner of the Group One Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

A field of 24 lined-up for Australia’s greatest race, contested on soft ground, over two miles.

From the gates, Best Solution was slow away and lost three of four lengths.

Settling down, Runaway and Venquer Mask set the pace, with Finche close up and also Aces High.

Passing the post, Thecliffsofmoher broke down and hampered several runners.

Up front, Runaway moved a length clear as the field headed down the back straight, with Aces High second and then Venguer Masque and Finche.

With ¾ of a mile to race, Runaway continued to lead, with the ex-Andre Fabre runner Finche, moving second.

Runaway and Finche led turning for home, with Rostropovich to the outside, while Sir Charles Road made his move to the inside.

With the sprint well and truly on, A Prince Of Aran swept through to lead, but to the inside, Marmelo and Hugh Bowman appeared to make a winning move, striking the front as the post neared.

However, Kerrin McEvoy and Cross Counter, hampered in the earlier incident, began to sprout wings to the outside and got up to win by a length.

Marmelo was a gallant second, with A Prince Of Aran third and Finche keeping on for fourth, as British trained horses filled the first three places. Rostropovich came home fifth.

Charlie Appleby, training for Godolphin, became the first English-base trainer to win the Melbourne Cup.

He said: “I’m delighted, this is a dream. It’s not sinking in. It’s all down to Sheikh Mohammed, he’s given us the chance to go international.”

“We’ve always been competitive and this horse ticked a lot of boxes. It was some ride from Kerrin. I saw he was a long way back but I knew when he angled out and he had the gears to pick up.”

Cross Counter, became the second successive three year old to land the race, following Rekindling’s success in 2017.

The son of Teofilo had landed the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, before finishing second to Old Persian in the Great Voltigeur Stakes.

Sadly, the incident involving The Ciffsofmoher, proved fatal, as the talented four year old suffered a fractured shoulder and couldn’t be saved.