Thursday, 15 November, 2018

O'Brien's The Cliffsofmoher suffers fatal injury in Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup favourite Irish horse Yucatan leads stablemate Cliffs of Moher during an early morning run at the Werribee racecourse Melbourne Cup favourite Irish horse Yucatan leads stablemate Cliffs of Moher during an early morning run at the Werribee racecourse
Frederick Owens | 07 November, 2018, 08:35

Early bird punters almost missed the first worm this morning when Tellytrack only started the television broadcast of the Melbourne Cup after 400 meters of the race had already been run.

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 previous year hosted 24,000 WA racing fans on Cup day and expects even more today.

Worldwide horse racing giant Godolphin has finally won its first Melbourne Cup after more than a decade of trying, with Cross Counter winning the $7 million handicap at Flemington.

The moment Irish jockey Ryan Moore noticed there was something wrong with the stallion he eased off and allowed the horse to slow down.

Speaking to media prior to the race, McEvoy revealed that he had promised his kids a swimming pool and his wife a house if he took out a third Melbourne Cup, and now he is set to stay true to his word. The win also represented another first: the breaking of Godolphin and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's 30-year drought at the race.

He said Rostropovich, who finished fifth in the race - lending further weight to the argument that northern hemisphere three-year-olds are at an advantage - will return home for a break.

French-trained horse Verema had to be put down after an injury suffered in the 2013 Cup. Araldo was put down several hours after the race after he fractured his leg when he kicked a fence.

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"Our thoughts are with animal lovers across the country who have been affected by this loss, and confronted by the very real risks posed by racing to the horses involved", RSPCA Australia spokesperson Jane Speechley said.

Veterinarians rushed on to the track as soon as the race was completed as a tarp was erected around the fallen stayer.

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.

EARLIER: FEARS are growing for the future of The Cliffsofmoher after the Aidan O'Brien-trained galloper was forced to exit midway through the Melbourne Cup.

Ryan Moore pulls up The Cliffsofmoher after it broke down in the first lap of the Melbourne Cup.

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.

The Cliffsofmoher was at odds of $19 to win the Cup and deliver owner Lloyd Williams a third straight victory in the big race.

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