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The Cliffsofmoher euthanased on track after Melbourne Cup

06 November 2018

The coveted Melbourne Cup is heading to England for the first time after Cross Counter, the four-year-old bay trained at Newmarket by Charlie Appleby, stormed down the home straight to win Australia's biggest race.

But it was also noted in the coverage that the horse frequently did this before races, including when he ran without incident last start in the Caulfield Cup to finish third.

McEvoy launched himself into rare company with his 2018 win, joining the likes of Glen Boss, Darby Munro and Damien Oliver as jockeys to win three Melbourne Cups.

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

Online sports-betting sites crashed nationwide in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup, the busiest betting event of the year. Araldo was put down several hours after the race after he fractured his leg when he kicked a fence.

"I'm absolutely delighted. This is everybody's dream", said Appleby, who also prepared Epsom Derby victor Masar.

Ryan Moore attempts to stop The Cliffsofmoher after it injured its shoulder early in the Melbourne Cup.

It was another unwanted drama for racing - when the eyes of a nation where on Flemington - following the death of Melbourne Cup runner The Cliffsofmoher.

Described as a "tragedy" by veteran Seven commentator Bruce McAvaney, the United Kingdom raider pulled up lame as the field passed the finishing post for the first time.

Cliffsofmoher broke down just after passing the post the first time.

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.

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 previous year hosted 24,000 WA racing fans on Cup day and expects even more today. "He's really sweating up badly".

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

The Cliffsofmoher euthanased on track after Melbourne Cup