Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

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

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

This is not the first time a racehorse has been euthanised following an injury sustained in the Melbourne Cup.

"I was back a bit further than what I wanted", McEvoy said.

TAB revealed that on Monday morning, a racing fan - seemingly very content with their selection - laid down $50,000 on Cross Counter to win at $10 for a potential payout of $500,000.

A year later pre-race favourite Admire Ratki died after collapsing from heart failure in the stalls minutes after the race.

The winning jockey, Australian Kerrin McEvoy now has three Melbourne Cups to his name after winning the race on Brew as an apprentice in 2000 and Almandin in 2016.

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"We were lucky, awful with that horse breaking down", McEvoy said from the back of the four-year-old. I thought mate, is this happening again?

He timed his charge to perfection, taking the lead in the final strides for a third Melbourne Cup victory, with his family set to benefit from his slice of the prize money estimated at $200,000 (£110,000).

The coveted Melbourne Cup is heading to England for the first time after Cross Counter, the four-year-old bay trained at Newmarket by Charlie Appleby, stormed down the home straight to win Australia's biggest race. The horse was euthanised after the race at Flemington.

Sheets and a tent were immediately put up to protect the horse and the tragic scene from shocked spectators, with some sharing photos online following the tragedy.

One of sport's greatest hoodoos is no more and the billion-dollar Sheikh, whose earliest memory was galloping through the desert on a white stallion with his father, can finally say he is a Melbourne Cup victor. "And yeah look, I'm just lucky I can ride light on these lovely stayers prepared unbelievably well by Godolphin and Charlie Appleby".

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Race-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy was a stable rider for Godolphin before parting ways to ride freelance in 2014. He's the one that's given us the encouragement to take the chances in what we do.

The Melbourne Cup and America's Kentucky Derby have long eluded Sheikh Mohammed.

The Cup victory notched up 30 Group One wins for Godolphin worldwide in 2018.

"We'll be back with something (next year) I can assure you".

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