Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Melbourne Cup Racehorse The Cliffsofmoher Euthanised After Injury

Melbourne Cup Racehorse The Cliffsofmoher Euthanised After Injury

Global 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 race was marred by the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher breaking down with a reported fractured shoulder as the field passed the winning post the first time.

"The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained", he said.

The Cliffsofmoher pulled up lame about 600m into the 3200m race, dropping back in the pack and eventually coming to a stop.

Charlie Appleby savoured an "amazing" year after becoming the first British trainer to win the Melbourne Cup.

Ryan Moore and The Cliffsofmoher (L) drop back.

"I'm just lucky to be in a position to train these horses", said Appleby.

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

A win for Marmelo would have completed a dream run for jockey Hugh Bowman, who has enjoyed a marvellous ride aboard superstar mare and four-time Cox Plate victor, Winx. "It's a dream. It has just been one of those fantastic years".

"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".

Fellowes took to Twitter shortly after the race to express his pride for his stable star A Prince Of Arran, who produced a career-best run in the Cup only three days after securing his place in the race with a gritty win in the Hotham Handicap.

The most catastrophic year for the race was 2014, when six-year-old Japanese thoroughbred Admire Rakti collapsed straight after the Melbourne Cup and died in its stall, while Araldo broke his leg on a fence after taking fright and was euthanased.

"Our sympathies are extended to Coolmore and the Williams family, the owners of The Cliffsofmoher, jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O'Brien and his staff who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss".

Appleby said the Melbourne Cup had been on his "bucket list for a long time".

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