Melbourne Cup 2018: Horse dies, breaks down, The CliffsofMoher

Melbourne's Spring Festival which includes the Melbourne Cup takes place at Flemington Racecourse

Melbourne's Spring Festival which includes the Melbourne Cup takes place at Flemington Racecourse

Global or imported gallopers filled the first five placings in the Cup, with Marmelo justifying his strong support ($16 into $12) to grab second, ahead of A Prince Of Arran. The Victoria Racing Club confirmed after the race that the four-year-old Irish stallion was euthanised.

Racing Victoria gave a further update in a statement, and assured the public that British jockey Ryan Moore was uninjured.

Disgusting news. The Cliffsofmoher suffered a fractured right shoulder when injured in the Melbourne Cup, unfortunately could not be saved.

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

The Cliffsofmoher becomes the 6th horse to die as a result of the Melbourne Cup since 2013.

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The Cliffsofmoher pulled up suddenly at around the 600m point of the race, clipping several other horses before languishing at the back of the pack.

Viewers were left devastated by the news of the horse's death after the race.

Red Cadeaux died in 2015 a fortnight after sustaining an injury during the Melbourne Cup.

A year later pre-race favourite Admire Ratki died after collapsing from heart failure in the stalls minutes after the race.

After an eye-catching fourth at his Australian debut in the group one Caulfield Stakes and a third in the Caulfield Cup, the Lloyd Williams-owned stayer entered the Melbourne Cup a $17 chance.

One of the most influential racing operations in the world, the Sheikh Mohammed-backed stable has been trying to win the Melbourne Cup since 1998.

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