"We were lucky to get through, said McEvoy, who won the Melbourne Cup for the third time".
Speaking to media prior to the race, McEvoy revealed that he had promised his kids a swimming pool and his wife a house if he took out a third Melbourne Cup, and now he is set to stay true to his word.
McEvoy launched himself into rare company with his 2018 win, joining the likes of Glen Boss, Darby Munro and Damien Oliver as jockeys to win three Melbourne Cups.
Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher was the fifth horse to die from a Melbourne Cup-related incident in the past six years when he fractured a shoulder passing the winning post the first time.
The CliffsofMoher had won $1.7 million dollars for his owners.Today, he broke his shoulder during the 2018 #MelbourneCup & died on track behind the notorious "green screen of death".Animals & #gambling money are a TOXIC mix.Another attractive horse dead.
While Avilius' 22nd-placing may look like a flop on paper, the Godolphin galloper was severely interfered with when The Cliffsofmoher went amiss early in the race.
Fan favourite Red Cadeaux, who finished second on three occasions, was pulled up in the final straight of the 2015 edition of the race and it was later confirmed he suffered a break in his left foreleg.
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Only weeks after winning the biggest cheque in racing aboard Redzel in The Everest, McEvoy added another Melbourne Cup to his already impressive CV.
British-born Araldo shattered his leg after being frightened by spectators; he was also put down in 2014.
"It's a huge thrill to win this race, as I said in the press yesterday, to repay a bit of faith that he showed in me".
Seven commentator Bruce McAvaney described it as a "tragedy".
Ladbrokes' website and app also went down in the run-up to last year's Melbourne Cup Day, setting off a storm of social media complaints from punters.
Every first Tuesday of November is marked for the Melbourne Cup date, and Melbourne Cup history has spanned centuries.
It came after he was spotted looking very agitated moments before the start.