Godolphin runner Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup

  • Godolphin runner Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup

Godolphin runner Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup

On the injury sustained by The Cliffsofmoher, Joseph O'Brien - representing his father Aidan - said: "Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around a field at home".

The race was marred when the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher broke down at the winning post the first time around, breaking its right shoulder.

The Cliffsofmoher couldn't be saved.

As soon as Moore noticed something was amiss, he eased off on the horse and allowed it to slow down in an attempt to prevent further injury and pain.

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

A win for Marmelo would have completed a dream run for jockey Hugh Bowman, who has enjoyed a marvellous ride aboard superstar mare and four-time Cox Plate victor, Winx.

"I'm just lucky to be in a position to train these horses", said Appleby.

"At 400, I had to go my own way and I was full of running". "It's a dream. It has just been one of those unbelievable years".

It is the fourth time in the past six years that the Cup has been shrouded by the death of horses.

Sheets and a tent were immediately put up to protect the horse and the tragic scene from shocked spectators, with some sharing photos online following the tragedy.

Racing Victoria has confirmed the four-year-old bay stallion was euthanised after suffering a fractured right shoulder during the race.

Hugh Bowman was found guilty of three transgressions: careless riding for allowing his horse to cause interference to Japanese runner Chestnut Coat; using the whip 12 times before the final 100 metres of the race when the limit is five; and being a kilo over his assigned weight limit.

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

Racing Victoria said these incidents occurred "infrequently" and insisted Victoria has one of the "best safety records in the world in racing".

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