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McEvoy creates history for the UK

Kerrin McEvoy helped create history yesterday for Charlie Appleby, Godolphin & for the UK.

On board Cross Counter, McEvoy claimed his 3rd Melbourne Cup as a jockey (Brew in 2000 & Almandin in 2016). It became the first Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum horse to win the Cup after trying to win the race that stops a nation for 30 years. The Charlie Appleby trained horse also became the first UK horse to win the famous race.

Joining Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast McEvoy told Matt Thompson & Jimmy Bartel, the first part of the race didn’t exactly go to plan but Appleby put full faith in him with pre-race instructions to “do whatever you feel is right”. Cross Counter entered the final 400m of the race in 16 position but flew home to create history.

On Monday afternoon, McEvoy was interviewed by Herald Sun journalist Lauren Wood, telling her he’d promised his wife if he was to win a 3rd Melbourne Cup he would buy her a new home.

“We’re living in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, we’ve got 4 kids so we’re looking to get something a little bit bigger, so now the pressure is on. The wife will have the iPad out and I can hear the Real Estate agents are snapping at my heels already.”

Kerrin has a superstitious streak in him and usually will wear a “lucky necklace” that his now wife gave to him before his first Melbourne Cup win on Brew in 2000. He wears it to every race meet that he partakes in, however yesterday morning, before he ventured to Flemington. It went missing.

“I went to find it yesterday and I couldn’t find it, it was a bit of a drastic half an hour.” said McEvoy

“I’ve misplaced it somewhere, I know it’s around, I just had to ride the day without it. It was a crazy half hour before I went to the races.”