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The Cliffsofmoher put down after fracturing shoulder during Melbourne Cup

The Cliffsofmoher put down after fracturing shoulder during Melbourne Cup

"I'm getting wet here but I don't give a stuff because I'm enjoying winning my third Melbourne Cup", McEvoy said.

The Cliffsofmoher (IRE), a Coolmore horse trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, broke down early in the race and had to be euthanized.

The Cliffsofmoher was an Irish horse ridden by English jockey Ryan Moore.

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.

"It's very sad but it could have been worse".

The Cliffsofmoher suffered a fractured right shoulder and had to be euthanised. The horse could not be saved and was euthanised.

Cross Counter was the final victor of the Melbourne Cup after a nail-biting final, taking the lead in the very last seconds of the home stretch.

"Charlie Appleby has done the most unbelievable job this year, huge credit to him and his team".

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Meanwhile, second and third place went to Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran. It was only Cross Counter's eighth start, but he had missed a top-two finish only once.

"Today's tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks these horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality".

"In that field alone, horses were hit with whips several hundred times at least, with the highest number of hits occurring in the final 100 metres, when they are already exhausted".

Starting a $9 chance, Cross Counter settled in the second half of the field but producing a stirring finish to overhaul Marmelo ($12) who was initially being hailed the victor for Hugh Bowman.

"Charlie and myself used to travel to Doncaster and Chester and all of the tracks up north in England, back when I was over there riding, and all of those miles meant this, winning the Melbourne Cup".

Things had gone pear-shaped plenty of times over the years including in 2016 when the Sheikh remained unfulfilled despite gang-tackling the Melbourne Cup with five runners.

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