Trainer Aidan O'Brien Confirms Horse The Cliffsofmoher Died During Melbourne Cup

Brenda Watkins
November 6, 2018

The Cliffsofmoher was euthanised on the track after fracturing his shoulder early in the Melbourne Cup.

"The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained".

Spokeswoman Emily Rice told Australia's SBS News: "We are seeing the more people are educated on what the problem is, the more people make up their own decision to not participate in Melbourne Cup sweeps and events".

The star Irish galloper collapsed on the track prompting vets and emergency services to immediately attend to both horse and jockey Ryan Moore.

"Cliffsofmoher, he's melting like an ice-cream at the moment", Seven commentator Richard Freedman said.

"It's very sad. It could have been worse, Ryan could have taken a fall off him, someone could have been seriously injured". Sadly there was nothing they could do for The Cliffsofmoher, but Moore is thought to be uninjured.

UPDATES: THE horse that exited midway through the Melbourne Cup - the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher - has been euthanased.

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But it was also noted in the coverage that the horse frequently did this before races, including when he ran without incident last start in the Caulfield Cup to finish third.

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

In the same 2014 race, import Araldo had to be euthanised because of an injury suffered when he was returning to scale.

The following year fan favourite Red Cadeaux shattered a leg and was put down on the track.

"Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around the field at home", he said.

Lat year Regal Monarch was put down after he fell during the final stretch of the race.

The area was drenched with more than 46mm of rain falling on Flemington before 2.30pm (NZT), prompting fears jockeys and horses were at risk of injury.

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