The European youngster had his fair share of admirers throughout betting and landed some nice bets in taking out the Lexus Melbourne Cup.
Cross Counter came from near last on the home turn to produce a sensational turn of foot down the Flemington straight, overhauling the 2017 Cup favourite Marmelo in the shadows of the post. Marmelo also came from last but took inside runs courtesy of Hugh Bowman, however, the 4kg advantage in the weights to the winner ultimately proved the difference.
A Prince Of Arran hit the front after straightening and looked the winner until the quinella pairing ran past him at the 200 metre mark, while Finche produced arguably the run of the race after racing on the speed throughout and finding himself in the lead at one point. He ultimately finished fourth.
The disappointments were Yucatan and Magic Circle which had good runs back in the field and simply didn’t show any run on at the end. The winner and runner-up were behind those two for the majority of the race and gave them windburn when presented with their runs.
Most punters had focused their attention Yucatan and Magic Circle, with the pair swapping favouritism during the day before the former was outright favourite at the jump. Cross Counter was easily the next best supported, coming in from double figures ($11) in the morning to start a $9 chance.
Rostropovich was tried at longer odds as was Red Cardinal but all the big money was for the top two in the market.
TAB reported that that one customer outlaid $100,000 e/w @ $6/$2.25 on Yucatan while Cross Counter attracted a $50,000 @ $10 investment on Monday, meaning that lucky person walked away with a cool half mill.
See below for comments on all runners:
Cross Counter (1st): came with a big finishing burst after being last on the turn. Was in with no weight and took full advantage of it!
Marmelo (2nd): was near last, just the like the winner, with Hughie (Bowman) using inside runs. The pair hit the front at the 250 metre mark but couldn’t hold out the winner.
The Prince Of Arran (3rd): sat sixth and seven in the run and loomed up like the winner on the turn. Good run considering he was backing up from last Saturday.
Finche (4th): monster run! Wide and then outside the leader for most of the trip but showed huge intestinal fortitude to still be thereabouts at the 200 metre mark.
Rostropovich (5th): was huge after being three-wide the trip. Gutsy performance!
Youngstar (6th): did well to find the line with vigour following a wide trip for most of the journey.
Sir Charles Road (7th): was three-back the rails and never went around a horse. Good run for a $101 shot.
Best Solution (8th): made up a stack of ground after missing the start and being rearward throughout. Was left with too much to do.
Muntahaa (9th): money came for him and he did okay after being shuffled out of it. Found the line well but never looked a winning hope.
Ventura Storm (10th): was only fair up the straight after being four-back the inside for most of the race.
Yucatan (11th): was in the second half of the field until making his run approaching the turn. Was wayward up the straight and the winner went straight past him.
Nakeeta (12th): loomed up to be a player early in the straight but couldn’t go on with it.
Zacada (13th): produced a big run from back in the field, looping them approaching the final bend and sticking to his task nicely but was outpointed by a few others.
Chestnut Coat (14th): always rearward and never a threat.
Vengeur Masque (15th): raced behind the leader but was gassed when the punches began to be thrown.
Magic Circle (16th): sat midfield in the run, didn’t spend a penny, but had nothing when Corey Brown asked him to go.
Who Shot Thebarman (17th): the old boy was three-wide the trip and traveled near the rear for the majority of the trip.
Sound Check (18th): led the three-wide up – but did it for the entire race! Was entitled to get tired.
Runaway (19th): couldn’t reproduce his Geelong Cup effort of going all-the-way. Was collared on straightening.
Ace High (20th): had a great run sitting fourth for the majority of the trip but was taking on water on the turn. Had his chance.
Auvray (21st): had enough at the 350 metre mark.
Avilius (22nd): suffered a severe check when The Cliffsofmoher went back through the field at the winning post the first time. Sat at the back and was never in it. Lucky to finish.
Red Cardinal (23rd): the first horse to hoist the white flag.
The Cliffsofmoher (FTF): unfortunately broke down at the winning post the first time and had to be put down.