Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter trainer Charlie Appleby savours win in Australian race

07 November, 2018, 03:42 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • The Cliffsofmoher euthanased on track after Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup was again been marred by the death of a horse on Tuesday, this time the Irish-trained The Cliffsofmoher.

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 Aidan O'Brien-trained runner broke down just after crossing the post the first time - just 1000m after the start.

"The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained", he said. Racing Victoria vets found he was lame in the near foreleg after the race.

As soon as Moore noticed something was amiss, he eased off on the horse and allowed it to slow down in an attempt to prevent further injury and pain.

"It's been a story of our in-house trainers with excellent horses I think delivering when they've needed to".

Speaking afterwards, O'Brien said it was "very sad".

"I had full vision, the jockey dismounted and kept the horse calm and the horse stood still".

He said: "It was an unbelievable run - I'm completely speechless".

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"It was just an incredible effort by the jockey that needs to be acknowledged".

It is the fourth time in the past six years that the Cup has been shrouded by the death of horses.

The condition of The CliffsofMoher, which was being ridden by star English jockey Ryan Moore, is not yet known.

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

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.

"Internationally we have campaigned over here the last three years now and have been competitive but we have always learnt each trip what horse we felt was going to be needed on the big day".

The Melbourne Cup and America's Kentucky Derby have long eluded Sheikh Mohammed.

Racing Victoria said these incidents occurred "infrequently" and insisted Victoria has one of the "best safety records in the world in racing".

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