Melbourne Cup 'tragedy' as horse reportedly put down

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

Charlie Appleby savoured an "amazing" year after becoming the first British trainer to win the Melbourne Cup.

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

While the task of getting Cross Counter to one of the world's most gruelling races in peak fitness was performed to perfection, it was the horse who produced the ultimate winning effort.

Vets quickly attended to the Irish runner - ridden by star English jockey Ryan Moore - but nothing could be done to save the five-year-old stallion.

The Cliffsofmoher suffered a fractured right shoulder and had to be euthanised.

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

Cross Counter, above, wins the 2018 Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

The horse that exited midway through the Melbourne Cup - the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher - has been euthanized.

Cross Counter had never started on soft or heavy ground and Appleby didn't have any more idea than punters whether the northern hemisphere three-year-old would fire or flop.

Meanwhile, second and third place went to Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

British trainers Hughie Morrison and Charlie Fellowes were quick to heap praise on the gallant Melbourne Cup runs of Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

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The victor stormed down from the outside in the final several hundred meters for a length victory.

Saddled with 51kg, the lowest burden with Rostropovich, Cross Counter had work to do entering the final turn after jumping wide from barrier 19.

Today's win on Cross Counter was jockey Kerrin McEvoy's third triumph in the race. "What a field to do it in".

The Melbourne Cup witnessed a fourth death since 2013 as The Cliffsofmoher was euthanised on the track.

The horse clipped the heels of another runner and injured a foreleg when falling as the field turned for home.

Speaking afterwards, Appleby said: "This is everybody's dream".

It was the 158th running of the 3,200-meter race and had a purse of 7.3 million Australian dollars ($5.3m).

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Efron told CNN affiliate Seven News that nearly 18mm of rain fell in the area in the four hours leading up to 11 a.m.

He was given every chance to win but didn't stay the trip and finished 11th.

Japan-based Chestnut Coat, trained by Yoshito Yahagi, was 14th.

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