The Cliffsofmoher euthanased on track after Melbourne Cup

Calvin Saunders
November 7, 2018

This Tuesday, it was Aidan O'Brien trainee The Cliffsofmoher who suffered a fractured shoulder during the running of the race and subsequently had to be euthanized.

Stier said the injury to The Cliffsofmoher was an unfortunate incident that happened infrequently, claiming Victoria has one of the best safety records in world racing.

Leading jockey Hugh Bowman has been suspended for a month for three separate offences when riding Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo on Tuesday.

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

The Irish racehorse The Cliffsofmoher has died after being injured in Australia's most feted thoroughbred competition, dubbed "the race that stops the nation".

Channel 7 commentator Bruce McAvaney said it was a "tragedy" while his colleague Richard Freedman had made a point of mentioning how agitated The Cliffsofmoher looked before the race.

But it was also noted in the coverage that the horse frequently did this before races, including when he ran without incident last start in the Caulfield Cup to finish third.

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Magic Circle, who finished 17th, was found to have broken a blood vessel, but was recovering well and not in any further danger.

Kerrin McEvoy took out his third career Melbourne Cup on Cross Counter but he may be feeling the pinch after a stunning pre-race promise to his wife Cathy.

Red Cadeaux died in 2015 a fortnight after sustaining an injury during the Melbourne Cup. The horse was euthanised after the race at Flemington.

In 2014 two horses Admire Rakti and Araldo were put down following the race.

In 2013, Verema had to be put down due to an injury in the Melbourne Cup.

Parties galore are also in store across Perth, some of the biggest being held at Market Grounds, Henry Summer, The Stables, The Bach Club and, of course, Crown Perth, which a year ago hosted 24,000 WA racing fans on Cup day and expects even more today.

McEvoy was one of five jockeys to be fined - in his case A$3,000 (£1,650) - for breaching the whip rules. As the remaining 23 horses passed the post, The Cliffsofmoher received medical attention before vets determined it was "unable to be saved".

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