BetEasy swoops in as competitors crash on Melbourne Cup day

09 November, 2018, 10:08 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • A Prince of Arran booked his place after a win in the Lexus Stakes

The win by Cross Counter, the first English horse to triumph in the Melbourne Cup, came 30 years after Sheikh Mohammed fielded his first horse, Authaal, in the "race that stops a nation".

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the backer behind Godolphin, the biggest thoroughbred racing operation on the planet.

Last year Regal Monarch, which fell in race four on Melbourne Cup day, was euthanased after being injured during the race.

But there was sadness among the 100,000-strong crowd with Irish five-year-old The CliffsofMoher, ridden by champion jockey Ryan Moore, euthanised after suffering a fractured right shoulder early in the race.

"Today's tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks these horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality".

Cross Counter and Kerrin McEvoy win the Melbourne Cup.

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

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.

"It has been on the bucket list for a long time and I am in the fortunate position to produce these horses", said Moulton Paddocks' Appleby, who also delivered a first-ever Derby for Godolphin this year with Masar's victory at Epsom.

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

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"That piece of work cemented that the horse was well on track", Appleby said.

English trainer Charlie Appleby was full of praise for McEvoy's ride.

"For me it's obviously very special to be here, but for the team, it's just fantastic".

The Cliffsofmoher's death was the first since three-time runner-up Red Cadeaux died weeks after failing to finish the 2015 Melbourne Cup. I can't believe it - I'm over the moon.

'So we're interrupting, we're peaceful, and I'm telling you the truth about how it's all put together, so your probably need a grinder (to cut the chains)'.

"If I could win it, it's going to be the greatest race on earth".

"We were lucky, awful with that horse breaking down", McEvoy said from the back of the four-year-old.

Racing Victoria, the governing body in Australia's southern state, said The Cliffsofmoher "was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained".

Stier said vets were with the horse "all but immediately" and that it had received the best possible care.

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