Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

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

Full field and barrier draw for 2018 Melbourne Cup Tragedy at Melbourne Cup as horse The CliffsofMoher put down after injury
Kristopher Love | 08 November, 2018, 19:46

It has taken 30 years and millions of dollars, but Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum can now finally call himself a Melbourne Cup victor.

"He made a handsome move around the outside, down the back straight there, got himself into contention".

Vets quickly attended to the Irish runner - ridden by star English jockey Ryan Moore - but nothing could be done to save the five-year-old stallion.

The Chairmen and Directors of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) later extended their sympathies, with Flemington Racecourse tweeting their condolences, "To the Williams family and the connections of The CliffsofMoher, which was euthanised after he went amiss in the Melbourne Cup".

Earlier in the day the track had been downgraded from good to heavy as heavy rain made life extremely hard for the jockeys and horses in the lead-up races.

He returned previous year, with success, and for the 2018 spring carnival had an early victory with Jungle Cat at Group One level.

"Most of those European horses that ran (in the Cup) were not proven at two miles and yet they were still too strong for everyone else which tells you it's not just the staying division that's so weak - it's the mile-and-a-half and basically the mile-and-a-quarter division".

Ryan Moore attempts to stop The Cliffsofmoher after it injured its shoulder early in the Melbourne Cup. "I think he's in great form".

"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.

Jockey Jordan Childs escaped serious injury after a fall when riding Galaxy Raider in the MSS Security Sprint more than an hour after the Melbourne Cup.

Two of his three Cup wins have come since that move.

Red Cardinal was the last horse across the line while The Cliffsofmoher failed to finish.

Melbourne Cup goers are urged to pack an umbrella and maybe some not-so-fashionable gumboots as the city braces for a deluge, with temperatures to top at a humid 20C. While it's now famously run on the first Tuesday of November, it wasn't until 10 years after its inauguration that the date became the tradition.

Marmelo was second with A Prince Of Arran, victor of Saturday's Lexus Stakes at the same course, in third.

And there have also been the exploits of the world's top-rated horse, Winx, who smashed legendary sprinter Black Caviar's Australian win record in August and then late last month clinched a record fourth Cox Plate and 29th victory in a row.

Cross Counter's win has spared Melburnians the sight of Koukash's outlandish planned celebration.

"I'd like to say I was going to repeat it, but it's going to be a pretty tall order".