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

Joann Johnston
November 7, 2018

The RSPCA in Australia later tweeted that the horse was the sixth to die in the Melbourne Cup since 2013, and "highlights the very real risks to horses from racing".

The Cliffsofmoher is not the first horse to be put down at the Melbourne Cup.

Today's win on Cross Counter was jockey Kerrin McEvoy's third triumph in the race.

In fact, with Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran coming in second and third, it was a British-dominated field in Melbourne.

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.

Cross Counter went on to end two decades of Melbourne Cup frustration for the powerful global stable Godolphin by winning Australia's greatest horse race.

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.

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"I had to go my own way and we were full of running".

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.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained horse suffered a fractured shoulder during Tuesday's race and had to be euthanised, Racing Victoria's executive general manager - integrity services, Jamie Stier, said in a statement. The horse was euthanised after the race at Flemington. "But Kerrin, I'm just delighted, that's some ride, I saw him going down the back there.the way he angled out when making his ride; I just thought, turning in, if he finds the gaps, this horse has got the gears to pick up".

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.

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

Two of his three Cup wins have come since that move. He's the one who's encouraged us to take the chances in what we do internationally.

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

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