Yet, while Appleby was quick to credit Sheikh Mohammed, it was the aforementioned McEvoy - basking in the glory of a third Melbourne Cup win - who recalled their early days on the A1, driving to meetings at Doncaster and York.
There was a sad tale to the 2018 Melbourne Cup with the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher breaking down going past the winning post the first time.
Before the race, The Cliffsofmoher was "sweating up", which can sometimes be an indication a horse is in distress.
The track was downgraded immediately after Race 1 to a Heavy 8 and Race 2 was pushed back to a 1.40pm start.
The Melbourne Cup is the race that "drives us all", the Youngstar jockey said. "This is all down to Sheik Mohammed". But we just couldn't pinpoint which one.
"To get the job done, it was just a great achievement by the whole team but more importantly the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to get this team of horses and put us out there to go and take on the world".
He said he had spoken to Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, who was "over the moon" with the result.
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White also showed off the defensive acumen expected of a three-year veteran, locking down Wildcat perimeter threat Herro easily . On both sides of the floor, on the glass and on the perimeter, the junior captain was locked in and hungry.
The Cliffsofmoher's mishap meant the James Cummings-trained Avilius was hampered. "And (wife) Cathy and myself have been looking around for a bigger house. and I said to one of the reporters yesterday that if I won I would buy Cathy a new house, so look out", said McEvoy. Only Bobby Lewis and Harry White have won more with four victories apiece.
"I was back a bit further than what I wanted", McEvoy said.
"When I saw him down the back I thought he had to do a lot", Appleby said.
The Cliffsofmoher's death follows several other tragic incidents in recent years on Cup day.
McEvoy now has three Melbourne Cups after winning the race on Brew as an apprentice in 2000 and Almandin in 2016.
The win Down Under was only Cross Counter's eighth run and it came only 11 months after his debut.
Magic Circle, a pre-race favorite, was already a six-time victor when he joined Williams' 100-strong string at Dominion Stables and looked the part for the British trainer and owner Marwan Koukash after claiming stellar victories in the Chester Cup and at Sandown this season before booking his place in Tuesday's headline event at Flemington. He would have thought he was a chance to double up in the straight, but A Prince of Arran could not match the finish of the leading two.
A horse has been euthanised after suffering an injury in the Melbourne Cup.