Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Tragedy at Melbourne Cup as horse The CliffsofMoher put down after injury

Tragedy at Melbourne Cup as horse The CliffsofMoher put down after injury

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy riding Cross Counter wins the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on November 6, 2018, in Melbourne, Australia.

The three-year-old was delivered with a perfectly-timed run by Kerrin McEvoy to claim the Group One prize and lead home a famous one-two-three for the raiding party, with Hughie Morrison's Marmelo a length back in second and the Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince Of Arran a further three lengths behind in third.

Sheikh Mohammed has been trying to win the Melbourne Cup for 30 years.

Last year Regal Monarch, which fell in race four on Melbourne Cup day, was euthanased after being injured during the race.

"The time difference has meant a lot of punters' activity has come through later in the morning and has been skewed towards the outsiders", the agency's Ella Zampatti said. Ridden to perfection by jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who won his third Melbourne Cup, Cross Counter made up for 20 years of misery.

Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher has suffered a harrowing injury during the running of the 2018 Melbourne Cup.

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

McEvoy's great triumph was also Cathy's first time seeing him win the Melbourne Cup, which he has managed to achieve on three occasions.

"He was delighted", Appleby said on Wednesday.

"I'm just in a fortunate position to have the horses to make the call on which are the right ones to bring down here".

"I did promise (the kids) a swimming pool", McEvoy said.

Fellow British runners Marmelo and A Prince of Arran finished second and third respectively in the race. I've spoken to His Highness and he's over the moon about this result.

The Cliffsofmoher pulled up suddenly at around the 600m point of the race, clipping several other horses before languishing at the back of the pack.

He is equally determined to celebrate by stripping down to his G-string, despite the Victoria Racing Club saying it would be a shame if the enthusiastic owner had to miss the presentation due to a "wardrobe malfunction".

"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".

'We want the camps shut down and evacuated, and we don't think Melbourne should be doing all this neo-liberal capitalist celebrating while people and horses are dying, ' the woman, who introduced herself as Sam said.

"They're too slow and you need a class animal to win the Melbourne Cup and off the right weight".

It's been a stellar season for Appleby, landing his first Epsom Derby, recording a victory at the Breeders Cup meeting in Kentucky and then Tuesday's Melbourne Cup.

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