Melbourne Cup Racehorse The Cliffsofmoher Euthanised After Injury
Racehorse The CliffsofMoher has been put down after being injured during the Melbourne Cup.
Racing Victoria has confirmed the four-year-old bay stallion was euthanised after suffering a fractured right shoulder during the race.
“The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained," Executive General Manager of Integrity Services, Jamie Stier said in a statement
“Our sympathies are extended to Coolmore and the Williams family, the owners of The Cliffsofmoher, jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien and his staff who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss.”
Racing Victoria said these incidents occurred "infrequently" and insisted Victoria has one of the "best safety records in the world in racing."
It's understood CliffsofMoher fell within the first 600 metres of the race and was unable to finish.
Racing Victoria confirmed jockey Ryan Moore was uninjured in the incident.
Tarps were set up on the track immediately after the race finished and it's understood trainers spent some time working on the horse before it was put down.
The Irish stallion had raced 17 times before today for three wins and five placings.
This is not the first time a racehorse has been euthanised following an injury sustained in the Melbourne Cup.
In 2014 two horses Admire Rakti and Araldo were put down following the race.
Just last year Regal Monarch was also put down after breaking his leg at the carnival.
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