It took the British a quarter of a century to follow in the footsteps and hoofprints of their Irish counterparts and saddle a winner of the Melbourne Cup.
Their agonising wait ended emphatically as the first three home in the Flemington feature and centrepiece of the Victoria Racing Club's Spring Carnival were all trained in Britain.
Cross Counter, who had been found at an 8/1 starting price in the 2018 Melbourne Cup betting by Oddschecker ended this hoodoo in Australia's race that stops a nation as the valuable 2m Flat handicap Down Under went to globally renowned owners Godolphin for the first time on 6 November.
Although belatedly emulating Dermot Weld and Joseph O'Brien as British Isles based winning trainers, it capped a magnificent season for Charlie Appleby - the man retained by Sheikh Mohammed to train the best Flat thoroughbreds the boys in blue have in England.
The Newmarket handler had earlier given Godolphin their first-ever winner of the premier British Classic, the Epsom Derby, with Masar. Appleby also trained a one-two in the Great Voltigeur Stakes during the Ebor Festival at York with Old Persian just getting the better of stablemate Cross Counter by a head.
As the latter was a gelding and not a colt, the significance of his second place in this key St Leger trial could hardly have been known at the time. Only three-year-old colts and fillies can contest the extended 1m 6f Doncaster Classic.
However, Cross Counter had previously smashed the course record over 1m 4f at Glorious Goodwood winning the Gordon Stakes with any amount in hand and easing down by 4 1/2 lengths over The Derby runner-up Dee Ex Bee.
In the Melbourne Cup, Cross Counter was waited with in rear and impeded at times before coming with a strong run over a furlong from home, but got his head in front 50 yards out to readily land the spoils by a length from Marmelo.
His turn of foot when switched to the outside was electric and the front two pulled a couple of lengths clear of the third horse home, Prince Of Arran. It was a clean sweep of the major places by British horses, finally breaking their duck.
These exploits have earned Cross Counter a 10/1 quote for the 2019 Ascot Gold Cup over two-and-a-half miles. Whether he will stay a further four furlongs remains to be seen.