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Punters furious after betting sites crash on Melbourne Cup day

Fairfax NZ Sir Patrick Hogan watches the races during the Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup Day held at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland Punters furious after betting sites crash on Melbourne Cup day
Stacy Diaz | 06 November, 2018, 21:56

Kerrin McEvoy joked in the press in the days prior to the Melbourne Cup that he would buy his wife a new house if he was to win the famous race for a third time.

A deluge of rain made for a treacherous start to Melbourne Cup day, forcing delays to races and trains to Flemington Racecourse, and leading to calls for the $7.3 million feature race to be cancelled.

The Melbourne Cup is Australia's most important race with a history incredibly rich dating back from the inaugural event in 1861 through until tomorrow's big one.

English jockey Ryan Moore was forced to pull The Cliffsofmoher up with a lap to run in the Cup.

Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher fractured his right shoulder when running down the straight the first time at Flemington in Melbourne on Tuesday.

"His run style appealed to me, he was only lightly raced, he looked like he had an old head on young shoulders and that was proven to me when I sat on him the other morning", he said.

Tellytrack (Dstv 239) are taking Races 7/8/9/10 - the Melbourne Cup being the seventh race and off at 06h00.

"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 spokeswoman Jane Speechley said.

The Herald Sun reported that Racing Victoria's chief steward Robert Cram criticised the senior jockey.

The Daily Telegraph has reported the star United Kingdom galloper had a fractured right shoulder and "could not be saved".

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.

"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".

Every first Tuesday of November is marked for the Melbourne Cup date, and Melbourne Cup history has spanned centuries. "He's really sweating up badly".

Global or imported gallopers filled the first five placings in the Cup, with Marmelo justifying his strong support ($16 into $12) to grab second, ahead of A Prince Of Arran.