Story highlights Sheikh Mohammed had been trying to win race for 30 years Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter was his 26,157th runner overall in 26 years Dubai ruler has invested heavily in the sport (CNN)It has taken 30 years and millions of dollars, but Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum can now finally call himself a Melbourne Cup winner. His Cross Counter, a three-year-old bay gelding ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, came from the outside to beat Marmelo by a length to bring home the $2.8 million Melbourne Cup following years of disappointment for the billionaire Dubai ruler. Follow @cnnsport Cross Counter’s historic victory was described by his British trainer, Charlie Appleby, as “everybody’s dream.” “This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed, he’s the one that’s given us all the encouragement to take the chances in what we do internationally,” Appleby told the website of Godolphin, the Maktoum family’s global horse-racing stable founded by the Dubai ruler in 1992. READ: Cross Counter wins rain-soaked Melbourne Cup Read More Cup drought The win by Cross Counter, the first English horse to triumph in the Melbourne Cup, came 30 years after Sheikh Mohammed fielded his first horse, Authaal, in the “race that stops… Read full this story
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