Trainer Aidan O'Brien Confirms Horse The Cliffsofmoher Died During Melbourne Cup

Bessie Dean
November 7, 2018

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. As the remaining 23 horses passed the post, The Cliffsofmoher received medical attention before vets determined it was "unable to be saved".

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

Cross Counter wins the 2018 Melbourne Cup.

"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". The horse was euthanised after the race at Flemington.

Racing Victoria confirmed jockey Ryan Moore was uninjured in the incident.

Channel 7 commentator Bruce McAvaney said it was a "tragedy" while his colleague Richard Freedman had made a point of mentioning how agitated The Cliffsofmoher looked before the race. "He's really sweating up badly".

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The Melbourne Cup win was only Cross Counter's eighth race and fifth start.

British stayer Cross Counter won the 158th running of the Melbourne Cup, handing the powerful Godolphin stable a first win in Australia's most famous horse race after 20 years of frustration.

That was despite the English-trained four-year-old - a three-year-old by northern hemisphere time - suffering a major setback with a cut to the leg just over three weeks ago.

A horse racing in the annual Melbourne Cup carnival has died for the second year in a row.

The horse clipped the heels of another runner and injured a foreleg when falling as the field turned for home.

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