Melbourne Cup 2018: Cliffsofmoher put down after fracturing shoulder during race

Elena Summers
November 9, 2018

British raider Cross Counter won the coveted A$7.3 million (S$7.24 million) Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday (Nov 6) on a soft track after torrential rain.

On a rain-affected track and ridden by McEvoy for trainer Charlie Appleby, Cross Counter defeated Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran in an all-northern hemisphere finish.

Cross Counter's Melbourne Cup victory is the first by an English horse while it also ended the Godolphin stable and owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's long quest to win the "race that stops a nation".

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington", Racing Victoria's executive general manager integrity services Jamie Stier said.

"Coming into today, this horse ticked a lot of boxes".

For jockey Kerrin McEvoy, it is his third Melbourne Cup, and he becomes the first jockey to complete the Everest-Cup double.

The Cliffsofmoher's jockey Moore, considered the world's best, was emotional after the race as Williams' tilt at a seventh Melbourne Cup turned into a nightmare.

A horse has been euthanised after suffering an injury in the Melbourne Cup.

Later, Appleby said: "For me it's obviously very special to be here, but for the team, it's just fantastic.

This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed", said Appleby.

Fellow British runners Marmelo and A Prince of Arran finished second and third respectively in the race.

The horse that exited midway through the Melbourne Cup - the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher - has been euthanized.

"It is a very special day for us all.

And (wife) Cathy and myself have been looking around for a bigger house. and I said to one of the reporters yesterday that if I won I would buy Cathy a new house, so look out", said McEvoy.

Victoria Racing Club chairwoman Amanda Elliot paid tribute to the persistence of Sheikh Mohammed, who is also the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

'So we're interrupting, we're peaceful, and I'm telling you the truth about how it's all put together, so your probably need a grinder (to cut the chains)'.

While several races were pushed back at the start of the day, the event was able to catch up towards the end of the day.

"When I was lucky enough to get the job, I said there were two things I wanted to do - win the Derby and the Melbourne Cup", he said.

Aidan O'Brien fielded three contenders with Rostropovich faring best in fifth, but the race was overshadowed by a fatal injury sustained by Cliffs Of Moher passing the post for the first time.

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