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

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

"The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained", he said.

Ryan Moore and The Cliffsofmoher (L) drop back.

Early bird punters almost missed the first worm this morning when Tellytrack only started the television broadcast of the Melbourne Cup after 400 meters of the race had already been run.

The stewards' report listed Marmelo, as well as Aidan O'Brien's Yucatan (11th), as mildly lame after the race, while fellow Werribee resident Magic Circle (16th) displayed signs of an exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage post-race.

"It's very sad. It could have been worse, (jockey) Ryan (Moore) could have taken a fall off him, someone could have been seriously injured".

Parties galore are also in store across Perth, some of the biggest being held at Market Grounds, Henry Summer, The Stables, The Bach Club and, of course, Crown Perth, which past year hosted 24,000 WA racing fans on Cup day and expects even more today.

"I had full vision, the jockey dismounted and kept the horse calm and the horse stood still. It's a dream. It has just been one of those incredible years".

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Moore hasn't spoken to media since the tragedy, but is said to be shattered.

A report prepared by the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses showed 56 out of the 119 deaths last racing year were caused by front limb injuries.

The other horses included Verema, Admire Rakti, Araldo, Red Cadeaux, and Regal Monarch.

The jockey of The Cliffsofmoher has been praised for his heroic efforts to save his horse from suffering a painful death.

According to the Daily Mail, The Cliffsofmoher was agitated before the start, with one commentator describing the horse as "melting like an ice cream".

The Charlie Appleby-trained gelding stormed down the straight from the outside to haul in runner-up and last year's favourite Marmelo, with A Prince of Arran coming third in the A$7.3 million (nearly $NZ8 million) handicap at Flemington racecourse.

"This was an unfortunate incident that happens infrequently, with Victoria having one of the best safety records in world racing", a Racing Victoria statement read.

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