Kerrin McEvoy has further etched his name in Australian racing history following a third Melbourne Cup triumph at a wet Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday.
The Streaky Bay jockey stormed home to win the 2018 Melbourne Cup with the inexperienced Cross Counter – the first English-trained horse to win the race.
The 38-year-old has joined other active jockeys Damien Oliver and Glenn Boss on three cup wins, one behind Bobbie Lewis and Harry White’s all-time record of four wins apiece.
McEvoy’s late charge on the home straight saw him emulate cup triumphs in 2000 and 2016.
He said afterwards it was a “huge thrill” to win a third Melbourne Cup.
“I’m over the moon, an unbelievable feeling here.”
McEvoy said he was a bit further back than he would have liked to be heading into the final stretch, but felt he was “full of running”.
“At the 400 [metre mark] I said I had to go my own way and at the furlong I thought ‘mate, is this happening again?’”.
McEvoy had family members cheering him on in Melbourne, with his uncle and Streaky Bay Racing Club president Peter McEvoy stating it was “unreal”.
“For him to win three Melbourne Cups is unbelievable,” he said.
“It is great to be here when Kerrin has won it again and I’m sure Streaky is going crazy.”
There were celebrations back home, with a large crowd cheering on the town’s favourite son at the Streaky Bay Hotel, including his sister Renae Edmunds.
“It was an amazing day, the hotel was packed with people cheering him on,” she said.
“It was another cool and calm ride and Kerrin did amazingly well, as he has done throughout his career.
“He is so happy and confident in his life and that transfers to what you do, and we are all so proud of him.”
The win continues a fantastic spring carnival for McEvoy, who also won The Everest for a second time last month.