Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

The Cliffsofmoher death prompts outrage after Melbourne Cup

The Cliffsofmoher death prompts outrage after Melbourne Cup

Among those beaten by Marmelo in the 2018 Melbourne Cup were Gr1 winners Youngstar, Best Solution, Ventura Storm, and Ace High.

Jockey Ryan Moore checks on The Cliffsofmoher after it broke down in the first lap of the Melbourne Cup.

"RSPCA Australia has long voiced its concerns about the welfare of racehorses, including the use of inhumane devices such as whips and tongue ties, as well as the risk to injury and death during races". Hind limb injury caused 17 deaths.

Araldo placed seventh but was spooked by a flag in the crowd on the way back to weigh in, kicking out and breaking a rear leg on a fence. Trainer Adrian O'Brien told the Herald Sun things did not "look good" for the horse after the race.

"We're seeing to the growing number of Australians who feel uncomfortable about watching horse racing, and tragic incident like this provided a catalyst for that concern".

Nick Williams, the son of The Cliffsofmoher's owner Lloyd Williams, said on Wednesday his family were "not scared" to withdraw horses from races "no matter how big or small" if they had an issue, stressing there was nothing wrong with the five-year-old before his "terrible accident".

"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.

The Melbourne Cup witnessed a fourth death since 2013 as The Cliffsofmoher was euthanised on the track. It was later revealed the horse had suffered a broken right shoulder and couldn't be saved.

Described as a "tragedy" by veteran Seven commentator Bruce McAvaney, the United Kingdom raider pulled up lame as the field passed the finishing post for the first time. "Ryan (Moore) could have had a fall or someone else could have got injured".

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

Marmelo claimed the lead inside the final furlong of the $7.3 million race but was grabbed late by the fast-finishing Cross Counter who won by a length, with a further two lengths to A Prince Of Arran in third.

Like this: