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Mini-me cheers his jockey dad’s Cup win

By AAP Newswire

As Kerrin McEvoy was guiding Cross Counter to victory in the Melbourne Cup, "mini-me" son Rhys was riding the race with him.

Dressed like his dad in the Godolphin blue colours, the five-year-old enthusiastically mimicked McEvoy's actions as he watched the race on TV with his two brothers and sister.

"I was riding on the couch when he was riding in the Melbourne Cup," Rhys quietly said during his own moment in the limelight on Wednesday.

Rhys was again dressed in his jockey gear as McEvoy and his family posed for photographs and patted the racehorse that won the rider his third Melbourne Cup.

This time he was proudly carrying his dad's miniature Cup trophy.

Wife Cathy, herself a former jockey, was at Flemington on Tuesday to watch McEvoy's ride and was cheering so loudly she too felt like she rode the race with him.

McEvoy won his first Melbourne Cup as a 20-year-old in 2000 and added his second in 2016.

Winning the third was a dream come true, the 38-year-old said.

"I'm just blessed to be able to get one, let alone three."

While he couldn't pick a favourite among the three Cup victories, McEvoy said claiming the race for Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed in the blue colours of his Godolphin racing team was special.

But winning the $7.3 million Cup could prove to be expensive for the jockey, who first promised Cathy and their four children a swimming pool if he won before upgrading the pledge to a new home.

"We've got a family of four kids and a bigger house is probably on the cards now," McEvoy told reporters.

He earned $200,000 for his Cup win and $300,000 for taking out the $13 million The Everest last month in his second victory in Australia's richest race.