Melbourne Cup Racehorse The Cliffsofmoher Euthanised After Injury

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

And then there's Dr Koukash, the Palestinian refugee turned British billionaire who is adamant his horse Magic Circle will win what he classes as the best race in the world.

The forecast rain had arrived early on the day of the Cup, with more than 50mm falling in the hours leading up to the race.

Ahead of the Bumble Stakes warm-up race, jockey Beau Mertens said the conditions were "crazy" and that visibility was severely limited by the downpour.

Yucatan, who finished 11th, pulled up lame in a near foreleg - a minor injury - but was also not in any further danger.

In Arabic, he told Charlie Appleby: "Well done".

"I'm just blessed to be able to get one, let alone three".

"Before they've even finished maturing, these 500-kilogram [1,102 pounds] animals are forced to race at breakneck speeds while being whipped and pushed past their limits, supported on ankles as small as those of humans". "He's the one that's given us the encouragement to take the chances in what we do", he said.

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At least that's the view of prominent United Kingdom racing journalist Matt Chapman, who says Tuesday's Cup result has underlined just how weak Australian stayers are - and highlighted the need for change. "I'm over the moon".

The Cliffsofmoher's mishap meant the James Cummings-trained Avilius was hampered. "And (wife) Cathy and myself have been looking around for a bigger house. and I said to one of the reporters yesterday that if I won I would buy Cathy a new house, so look out", said McEvoy. Only Bobby Lewis and Harry White have won more with four victories apiece. "They (Godolphin) have been striving to win this race for a long time".

"I think what most of our team have realised now is what you want is a really quite classy mile-and-a-half, improving horse who have probably just about already stayed a mile and six (furlongs)".

"The Chairmen and Directors of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) extend their sympathies to the Williams family and the connections of The CliffsofMoher, which was euthanised after he went amiss in the Lexus Melbourne Cup", a statement read.

Morrison said he would love to come back for another crack at the Melbourne Cup, hopefully with Marmelo.

Trainer Charlie Fellowes had not trained a victor of any Group race before the Hotham.

Starting a A$9 chance, Cross Counter settled in the second half of the field but producing a stirring finish to overhaul Marmelo (A$12) who was initially being hailed the victor for Hugh Bowman.

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