Melbourne Cup 'tragedy' as horse reportedly put down

Melbourne Cup 'tragedy' as horse reportedly put down

Melbourne Cup day has proved a lethal undertaking for runners in recent years, with six horses killed after complications since 2013.

According to The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, one horse dies on Australian racetracks every three days.

Conditions were favourable for northern hemisphere entrants after Melbourne saw heavy rainfall on Tuesday which saturated the track, creating conditions that favour lighter horses used to softer ground.

RSPCA Australia spokeswoman Jane Speechley expressed grief about the horse's death, according to The Age, and called the incident a tragedy.

Admire Rakti and Araldo were both killed in the 2014 Melbourne Cup.

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington", Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria's manager of integrity services, said.

Cliffs of Moher, run as The Cliffsofmoher in Australia, suffered catastrophic injury when breaking down early in the 2018 Melbourne Cup, Racing.com reported after Tuesday's race (off late Monday ET in the United States).

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"I'm absolutely delighted. This is everybody's dream", said Appleby, who also prepared Epsom Derby victor Masar.

Racing.com's Shane Anderson first shared the news on Twitter, writing: "Horrible news".

"It's very sad. It could have been worse, (jockey) Ryan (Moore) could have taken a fall off him, someone could have been seriously injured".

The Daily Telegraph has reported the star United Kingdom galloper had a fractured right shoulder and "could not be saved". Sadly there was nothing they could do for The Cliffsofmoher, but Moore is thought to be uninjured.

The Godolphin stable, owned by uber-wealthy Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed, finally broke their Melbourne Cup drought.

It came after he was spotted looking very agitated moments before the start. "He's really sweating up badly".

Marmelo and A Prince of Arran ran second and third respectively, as race favourites Yucatan and Magic Circle failed to deliver on pre-race expectations.

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