2018 Melbourne Cup

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.

2018 Melbourne Cup
Melbourne Cup
LocationFlemington Racecourse
Melbourne, Australia
Date6 November 2018
Winning horseCross Counter
JockeyKerrin McEvoy
TrainerCharlie Appleby
SurfaceGrass
Attendance83,471[1]

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]

Field

Number Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Placing
1 Best Solution Saeed bin Suroor Pat Cosgrave 6 8[6]
2 The Cliffsofmoher Aidan O'Brien Ryan Moore 9 Did not Finish
3 Magic Circle Ian Williams Corey Brown 17 16
4 Chestnut Coat Yoshito Yahagi Yuga Kawada 4 14
5 Muntahaa John Gosden 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 Hugh Bowman 10 2
10 Avilius James Cummings Glyn Schofield 11 22
11 Yucatan Aidan O'Brien 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 Michael Walker 20 3
18 Nakeeta Iain Jardine Regan Bayliss 3 12
19 Sir Charles Road Lance O'Sullivan Dwayne Dunn 14 7
20 Zacada Murray Baker 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 Kerrin McEvoy 19 1
24 Rostropovich Aidan O'Brien Wayne Lordan 21 5

Fatalities

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

Penalties

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]

References

  1. "Track records and Attendances". Flemington.com.au. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. Lexus Melbourne Cup's new sponsor Racing.com 13 February 2018
  3. Ten wins Melbourne Cup broadcast rights from Seven Mumbrella 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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