Thursday, 15 November, 2018


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The Cliffsofmoher euthanased on track after Melbourne Cup O'Brien's The Cliffsofmoher suffers fatal injury in Melbourne Cup
Noah Ferguson | 07 November, 2018, 23:13

The Melbourne Cup witnessed a fourth death since 2013 as The Cliffsofmoher was euthanised on the track.

Nick Williams, the son of The Cliffsofmoher's owner Lloyd Williams, said on Wednesday his family were "not scared" to withdraw horses from races "no matter how big or small" if they had an issue, stressing there was nothing wrong with the five-year-old before his "terrible accident".

Racing Victoria, the governing body in Australia's southern state, said The Cliffsofmoher "was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained".

"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".

Had he have not noticed or kept pushing, The Cliffsofmoher likely would have fell.

"Most horses would be bursting out their skin when you have taken a horse to that level of fitness and then all of a sudden you have dropped them back", Appleby said. "It's a dream. It has just been one of those incredible years".

Ryan Moore calmed his horse down before leaving the track.

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for an investigation into the death, which it described as "the most recent victim of the cruel annual spectacle".

Speaking to media prior to the race, McEvoy revealed that he had promised his kids a swimming pool and his wife a house if he took out a third Melbourne Cup, and now he is set to stay true to his word.

The next year, Admire Ratki collapsed and died of heart failure after the race, and Araldo spooked returning to be unsaddled and broke his hind leg, and was also euthanized. He was treated by vets for three weeks after the race, but was eventually euthanised.

"Considering Australians hate cruelty to animals, commemorating a day on which horses routinely die in the Melbourne Cup is fundamentally un-Australian".

"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.

The condition of The CliffsofMoher, which was being ridden by star English jockey Ryan Moore, is not yet known.

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