The Cliffsofmoher euthanased on track after Melbourne Cup

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The race was won by Cross Counter, ahead of Marmelo, A Prince of Arran and Finche.

The Cliffsofmoher's trainer Aidan O'Brien even wrote to Racing Victoria's integrity department before the spring carnival to alert them his horse was a serial sweater, which was in line with how he paraded on Tuesday.

VETERAN sportscaster Gerard Whateley has weighed in on the Melbourne Cup as the heated debate surrounding the concerning death of The Cliffsofmoher continues.

Four of those have been Europeans stationed at Werribee, with Araldo the exception when he got his leg caught in a fence in a freak accident while returning to scale after the 2014 race.

As the remaining 23 horses passed the post, The Cliffsofmoher received medical attention before vets determined it was "unable to be saved".

Moore hasn't spoken to media since the tragedy, but is said to be shattered.

"This was an unfortunate incident that happens infrequently, with Victoria having one of the best safety records in world racing", a Racing Victoria statement read.

"It's very sad. It could have been worse, Ryan [Moore] could have taken a fall off him, someone could have been seriously injured".

Racing.com's Shane Anderson reported that the colt was euthanized after fracturing his right shoulder.

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"They die of cardiac arrest, haemorrhaging, ruptured aortas, and broken necks, legs, or pelvises, and that's without mentioning the thousands of horses bred for the industry who don't make the grade and are abandoned, neglected, or sent to slaughter. While public holidays give Aussies a break, horses are breaking legs".

It's not the first time with a horse being put down after the race in 2015, and there have been other fatalities in earlier years.

Appleby admitted the three-year-old allowance helped but defended the policy that throws such horses in at a light weight, arguing that it's there for a reason and only special northern hempisphere three-year-olds can travel such a long way and still run well. A report prepared by the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses showed 56 out of the 119 deaths last racing year were caused by front limb injuries.

He is the sixth horse to die in the Melbourne Cup since 2013 according to the RSPCA.

"Today, he broke his shoulder during the 2018 #MelbourneCup & died on track behind the notorious "green screen of death".

The Irish stallion was put down trackside after breaking down 600m into the great race, leaving an ugly stain on Australian racing's biggest day.

The Melbourne Cup is a popular annual horse race in Australia with large sums of money being awarded to winning horses.

Equine Veterinarians Australia spokesman Ian Fulton, who was in attendance at Flemington, said Moore's actions should be praised.

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