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Sheikh Mohammed breaks Melbourne Cup duck as Cross Counter wins

Published 1638 GMT (0038 HKT) November 6, 2018
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After decades of trying and millions of dollars spent, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum finally clinched the Melbourne Cup, Australia's famous "race that stops a nation." Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
At a rain-drenched meet, Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin-trained Cross Counter became the first British-trained horse to win the Melbourne Cup. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy rode the Charlie Appleby-trained 8-1 shot to victory at the 158th edition of Australia's richest horse race. Michael Dodge/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Cross Counter earned his owner the top prize of $2.8 million, as Marmelo and A Prince of Arran made it a 1-2-3 of British-trained horses. Michael Dodge/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Heavy rain did nothing to dampen the spirit of race-goers, some of whom wore figures of horse heads ahead of the running of the Melbourne Cup. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Australian media reported that roofs had collapsed at some of the Flemington facilities. Michael Dodge/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images