Sheikh Mohammed has broken his 30-year Melbourne Cup drought with the victory in Australia’s greatest race of lightly-weighted three year old Cross Counter (pictured), trained at Newmarket in England by Charlie Appleby and ridden by Sydney-based jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

Second home was another English trained galloper in Marmelo, ridden by Winx’s regular rider Hughie Bowman, for trainer Hughie Morrison.

Third place went to yet another English-trained horse in A Prince of Arran, from the Newmarket yard of young handler Charlie Fellowes.


He was partnered by expatriate New Zealander Michael Walker, who has called Melbourne home for most of the last decade

However, Finche’s local status should be marked with an asterisk: he was formerly trained in France and only came to this country a few weeks before the Cup to be prepared by the man who has guided superstar Winx’s career.