Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

The Cliffsofmoher euthanased on track after Melbourne Cup

The Cliffsofmoher euthanased on track after Melbourne Cup

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

Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher fractured his right shoulder when running down the straight the first time at Flemington in Melbourne on Tuesday. As the remaining 23 horses passed the post, The Cliffsofmoher received medical attention before vets determined it was "unable to be saved".

"Our sympathies are extended to Coolmore and the Williams family, the owners of The Cliffsofmoher, jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O'Brien and his staff who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss".

Cross Counter started at a $9 chance and initially settled in the second half of the field, but came through for victory, overtaking Marmelo, another British horse, in the last seconds of the race.

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

Starting a $9 chance, Cross Counter settled in the second half of the field but producing a stirring finish to overhaul Marmelo ($12) who was initially being hailed the victor for Hugh Bowman.

The 38-year-old copped a 21-meeting ban for being one kilogram overweight on Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo.

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Sportsbet on Tuesday said Perth punters were favouring favourites Magic Circle ($7), Yucatan ($7) and Marmelo ($13) but also had a soft spot for the outsiders.

This is not the first time a racehorse has been euthanised following an injury sustained in the Melbourne Cup.

Sheets and a tent were immediately put up to protect the horse and the tragic scene from shocked spectators, with some sharing photos online following the tragedy.

The Cliffsofmoher's jockey Ryan Moore looks dejected as he walks off the track, while Cross Counter's win in the Melbourne Cup plays on the big screen behind him.

Last year, Regal Monarch fell in race four on Melbourne Cup day.

The horse was the sixth to die as a result of the Melbourne Cup since 2013.

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

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