Online betting sites crashed in lead-up to Melbourne Cup

Melbourne's Spring Festival which includes the Melbourne Cup takes place at Flemington Racecourse

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy celebrated his third win in the two-mile race, drawing level with active jockeys Damien Oliver and Glen Boss.

The Charlie Appleby-trained gelding stormed down the straight from the outside to haul in runner-up and last year's favourite Marmelo, with A Prince of Arran coming third in the A$7.3 million (nearly $NZ8 million) handicap at Flemington racecourse.

Cross Counter's victory was the first time a British-trained horse has won the race at Flemington, this year valued at $7.3m.

"I was back in the ruck and they weren't going much pace, the horse was keen for the first four furlongs, it wasn't until the 1400m that they started going some pace", he said. Oh what a thrill, mate.

"With 51kg he was unknown in the ground, he was unknown in the two miles but I was lucky to have a horse still full of running at the 400m, it was a tough call but my gut was telling me to go that way and I'm glad I did now".

Wagering services run by Sportsbet, Ladbrokes and online betting exchange Betfair all went down, with punters temporarily unable to place bets on their smartphone apps or computers.

He is the sixth horse to die in the Melbourne Cup since 2013 according to the RSPCA.

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Perth Racing managing director John Yovich said the best thing about the Ascot celebrations was the nine-race card on track once the Cup had run.

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed. We understand that the timing is very poor", one response read.

"Kerrin, I'm just delighted, that was some ride".

"The time difference has meant a lot of punters' activity has come through later in the morning and has been skewed towards the outsiders", the agency's Ella Zampatti said. "I knew that if he found the gaps, this horse has got the gears to pick up".

Sir Charles Road trainer by New Zealander Lance O'Sullivan was seventh, New Zealand bred Zacada was 13th and Who Shot Thebarman was 17th.

"Cliffsofmoher, he's melting like an ice-cream at the moment", Freedman said as the horses took to the track.

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