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

Who will win the Melbourne Cup

Who will win the Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup witnessed a fourth death since 2013 as The Cliffsofmoher was euthanised on the track.

"Of course, horses die at lower-profile racing events all the time".

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

The Cliffsofmoher's jockey Moore, considered the world's best, was emotional after the race as Williams' tilt at a seventh Melbourne Cup turned into a nightmare.

Yucatan, who finished 11th, pulled up lame in a near foreleg - a minor injury - but was also not in any further danger.

The winning jockey, Australian Kerrin McEvoy now has three Melbourne Cups to his name after winning the race on Brew as an apprentice in 2000 and Almandin in 2016.

"The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained", said Racing Victoria's Jamie Stier.

The CliffsofMoher had won $1.7 million dollars for his owners.Today, he broke his shoulder during the 2018 #MelbourneCup & died on track behind the notorious "green screen of death".Animals & #gambling money are a TOXIC mix.Another handsome horse dead.

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

Hugh Anderson, the United Kingdom and Dubai managing director of Sheikh Mohammed's global racing powerhouse Godolphin, expects the operation to devote as much effort into winning a Cup as ever.

"He's [Cliffsofmoher] the latest in a long line of dead horses", the representative said, according to the Daily Mail.

The fines of the jockeys for excessive whip use would add to the anger of animal rights activists who were outraged by the euthanization of The Cliffsofmoher, which shattered a shoulder bone early in the race. The win also represented another first: the breaking of Godolphin and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's 30-year drought at the race.

O'Brien's son, Joseph, said it was a "shocking thing but unfortunately things can happen to a horse galloping around the field at home". "It could have been worse and Ryan could have had a fall and been seriously injured".

The Cliffofmoher made his racing debut in Ireland two years ago. Only Bobby Lewis and Harry White have won more with four victories apiece.

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