Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Tragedy at Melbourne Cup as horse The CliffsofMoher put down after injury

Tragedy at Melbourne Cup as horse The CliffsofMoher put down after injury

Stier said the injury to The Cliffsofmoher was an unfortunate incident that happened infrequently, as Victoria had one of the best safety records in world racing.

The Irish horse had earned more than $1.7 million in prizemoney.

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

Fan favourite Red Cadeaux, who finished second on three occasions, was pulled up in the final straight of the 2015 edition of the race and it was later confirmed he suffered a break in his left foreleg.

"RSPCA Australia has long voiced its concerns about the welfare of racehorses, including the use of inhumane devices such as whips and tongue ties, as well as the risk to injury and death during races".

Ladbrokes' website and app also went down in the run-up to last year's Melbourne Cup Day, setting off a storm of social media complaints from punters.

The Cliffsofmoher becomes the 6th horse to die as a result of the Melbourne Cup since 2013.


In 2014, Admire Rakti, who collapsed and died in his stall after the race, and Araldo, who broke his leg and was euthanased, were casualties. Araldo was put down several hours after the race after he fractured his leg when he kicked a fence.

A tarp was erected on the Flemington track as vets worked on The Cliffsofmoher.

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.

Online sports-betting sites crashed nationwide in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup, the busiest betting event of the year.

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.

It tarnished a thrilling win by Cross Counter, who saluted ahead of Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

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