Anger over Melbourne Cup horse death

The Cliffsofmoher euthanased on track after Melbourne Cup

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The 38-year-old from Streaky Bay, South Australia rode Brew to victory in the 2000 Melbourne Cup, and followed that win in 2016 with victory on board Almandin. During the previous year 119 were pronounced dead on Australian tracks between August 2017 and July 2017 - that's one animal every three days.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have called for an investigation into the horse's death - having previously demanded the race be scrapped altogether.

'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 on Tuesday. "They then proceeded to switch over to give us the world broadcast feed, but unfortunately by then the race had already started", said Lloyd.

Racing Victoria will collect the horse's medical records and obtain The Cliffsofmoher's exercise records in consultation with the stable.

Nakeeta's connections were pleased the horse secured prizemoney by running 12th after a fifth place in the race in 2017 and the horse will return to Scotland for a break.

Appleby became the first Englishman to train a Melbourne Cup victor when Cross Counter over-hauled Marmelo, also giving Godolphin boss Sheikh Mohammed his first win in the race.

Early bird punters almost missed the first worm this morning when Tellytrack only started the television broadcast of the Melbourne Cup after 400 meters of the race had already been run.

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The star Irish galloper collapsed on the track prompting vets and emergency services to immediately attend to both horse and jockey Ryan Moore.

In 2015, fan favourite Red Cadeaux was euthanised weeks after breaking his leg during the race.

"Like many of our horses that run, we'll just let the dust settle and plan for him in the new year what we are going to do", Appleby said.

Seven commentator Bruce McAvaney described it as a "tragedy".

Moments after the stallion was injured, veterinarians rushed onto the track.

Cliffsofmoher jockey Ryan Moore.

Cliffsofmoher broke down just after passing the post the first time. "He's really sweating up badly".

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