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The Cliffsofmoher dies after Melbourne Cup injury

Gary Emmerson in News 6 Nov 2018
The Cliffsofmoher

The Cliffsofmoher has died after suffering an injury during the early stages of the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

The Aidan O'Brien-trained galloper, who was fourth in the Caulfield Stakes and third in the Caulfield Cup in his prep runs for the Melbourne Cup, broke down heading down the Flemington straight in the early stages of the race that stops a nation.

Jockey Ryan pulled the horse up and green screens were erected on the bend at the end of the straight as the race continued and Cross Counter raced to victory.

It was later confirmed that The Cliffsofmoher had been euthanised having suffered a fractured right shoulder in the incident, in which eventual winner Cross Counter was severely hampered.

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington,” Racing Victoria's (RV) Executive General Manager – Integrity Services, Jamie Stier said.

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

O'Brien had two other runners in the race, favourite Yucatan finishing a disappointing 11th and Rostropovich producing a brave run in fifth place.

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