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

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

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

Trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Cross Counter crossed the line clear of Marmelo in second place and A Prince of Arran in third.

It was also a first win in the race for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team, for whom Appleby saddled Masar to their maiden Derby win at Epsom in June.

Wagering data from last year's Melbourne Cup Day showed that, in the immediate lead-up to the main race, a peak of 850 bets a second were being placed through Sportsbet.

THE alarm bells should be ringing for Australian racing after Europe dominated the Melbourne Cup.

"He obviously is a very classy horse", O'Brien said from the Breeders' Cup meeting at Churchill Downs. I'm just delighted that I can repay his Highness Sheikh Mohammed for putting me in this position, and trusting me in the position to do what I'm doing.

Stewards also came down hard on other jockeys breaching the whip rules in the Cup with winning ride Kerrin McEvoy fined $3000, Regan Bayliss $1500, Dwayne Dunn and Damian Lane $800 and Michael Walker $400.

The idea that Sheikh Mohammed is heavily involved in the Dubai-based stable is nothing new - passionate about horses and the team, he is known as a hands-on leader of the "Boys in Blue".

Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher has been put down due to injury following the Melbourne Cup.

"It's a real problem for you lot because, bar Winx - and even the horses Winx is beating. this Melbourne Cup has just confirmed everything".

"I'm absolutely delighted. This is everybody's dream", said Appleby, who also prepared Godolphin's first Epsom Derby victor, Masar, for his victory in June.

McEvoy's wife will also be happy with her husband - who steered Redzel to victory at the world's richest turf race, The Everest, in Sydney last month - after he promised that if he won, he'd buy her a new house.

British trainers Hughie Morrison and Charlie Fellowes were quick to heap praise on the gallant Melbourne Cup runs of Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

Foreign horses have won several of the key leadup races to this year.

"I promised (my four kids) a swimming pool".

The Cliffsofmoher, prepared by master trainer Aidan O'Brien, pulled up lame early in the gruelling 3200-metre handicap won by Cross Counter, and was later put down on the track after vets found the five-year-old stallion had broken a shoulder.

"Michael Walker has given him an absolute belter of a ride and I've never experienced anything like it".

The Aiden O'Brien-trained horse went down within the first 600m of Race 7 and spent a long period of time in the hands of trainers with the ominous tarps up.

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