Anger over Melbourne Cup horse death

Brenda Watkins
November 7, 2018

Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria's manager of integrity services, confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon.

Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher fractured his right shoulder when running down the straight the first time at Flemington in Melbourne on Tuesday.

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

The condition of The CliffsofMoher, which was being ridden by star English jockey Ryan Moore, is not yet known.

Jockey Ryan Moore had settled the five-year-old in the second-half of the field early in the race before the son of Galileo went amiss.

The unfortunate incident caused serious interference to the James Cummings-trained Avilius who finished 22nd.

"I'm getting wet here but I don't give a stuff because I'm enjoying winning my third Melbourne Cup".

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There was a point there I thought we might have won the Melbourne Cup.

Before the race, The Cliffsofmoher was "sweating up", which can sometimes be an indication a horse is in distress.

One of the most influential racing operations in the world, the Sheikh Mohammed-backed Godolphin stable has been trying to win the Melbourne Cup since 1998.

The stewards' report listed Marmelo, as well as Aidan O'Brien's Yucatan (11th), as mildly lame after the race, while fellow Werribee resident Magic Circle (16th) displayed signs of an exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage post-race.

"Internationally we have campaigned over here the last three years now and have been competitive but we have always learnt each trip what horse we felt was going to be needed on the big day". He was treated by vets for three weeks after the race, but was eventually euthanised.

Admire Rakti was a Japanese racehorse who collapsed and died from cardiac arrest at the Melbourne Cup in 2014.

Cross Counter won the Cup, the Charlie Appleby-trained stayer handing Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy his third Cup triumph. Ladbrokes' website and app also went down in the run-up to last year's Melbourne Cup Day, setting off a storm of social media complaints from punters.

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