Savage reaction to horse being euthanised after Melbourne Cup 'tragedy'

Joann Johnston
November 8, 2018

Yucatan, who finished 11th, pulled up lame in a near foreleg - a minor injury - but was also not in any further danger.

Godolphhin have had a tremendous Melbourne Spring Carnival after the Saeed Bin Suroor trained Best Solution carried their famous royal blue colours to victory in the Group 1 $5m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 20.

Sportsbet, the country's largest online bookmaker, said that its mobile betting platform was back up and running shortly after 2:15 pm - 45 minutes before the main race started, but technical issues remained on the desktop platform, while Ladbrokes told punters via social media that it was doing all it could to bring its services back online.

The Charlie Appleby-trained gelding stormed down the straight from the outside to haul in runner-up and last year's favorite Marmelo by a length, with A Prince of Arran third in the A$7.3 million ($5.26 million) handicap.

Melbourne Cup contender Cliffsofmoher has been euthanised on track after suffering a fractured shoulder.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy riding Cross Counter wins the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on November 6, 2018, in Melbourne, Australia.

"The Chairmen and Directors of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) extend their sympathies to the Williams family and the connections of The CliffsofMoher, which was euthanised after he went amiss in the Lexus Melbourne Cup", a statement read.

The Melbourne Cup is the race that "drives us all", the Youngstar jockey said.

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He said: "It was an unbelievable run - I'm completely speechless". It's since become the defining fixture of the Australian horse racing calendar. The victor of the first Cup, Mr Marshall, owner of Tory Boy, described it as a "monstrosity", according to the National Museum of Australia.

The Melbourne Cup has long eluded British trainers, and while Magic Circle had a good opportunity to break the spell, it was another UK-based horse that took that honor.

Trainer Charlie Fellowes had not trained a victor of any Group race before the Hotham. "He came virtually from last to almost first", Morrison said.

Cross Counter's win has spared Melburnians the sight of Koukash's outlandish planned celebration.

Trainer Charlie Appleby was delighted after the race.

"That's going to put our name out there a little bit more and hopefully now that we can show what we can do, we can build on this".

Trying to win races in Australia is even more expensive, with flights from Europe costing as much as $68,000 per animal. "I didn't know what to expect really", Appleby admitted.

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