Trainer Aidan O'Brien Confirms Horse The Cliffsofmoher Died During Melbourne Cup

Magic Circle ridden by Fran Berry won at Sandown Park in May

The Cliffsofmoher breaks down in 2018 Melbourne Cup with vets forced to euthanise star galloper

"It's fantastic to be second in a Melbourne Cup, but to be second when you almost won [is hard]", Morrison said.

"I did promise a swimming pool, then Cathy and myself have been looking for a bigger house".

But it was also noted in the coverage that the horse frequently did this before races, including when he ran without incident last start in the Caulfield Cup to finish third.

"With Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle I just gave him a blank page and said "ride it as you find it".

Leading jockey Hugh Bowman has been suspended for a month for three separate offences when riding Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo on Tuesday.

The Cliffsofmoher is not the first horse to be put down at the Melbourne Cup.

Appleby, who said Godolphin's first Melbourne Cup win would only increase their hunger to win the great race again in future years, paid Kerrin McEvoy an enormous tribute for the win.

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So too was Michael Walker on third placegetter A Prince of Arran, meaning all of the top three finishers breached the rules, along with three other riders in the race.

McEvoy only confirmed his booking on Cross Counter in recent weeks and had a choice to make after partnering Youngstar throughout her preparation for Chris Waller.

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

"At the 1000m I was on the back of Yucatan, which at that stage I thought he would take me where I needed to get to, still under the impression I was a fair way back given the tempo they had gone".

Cross Counter, a four-year-old bay gelding trained by Charlie Appleby and based at Newmarket, England, was quoted early at 10 to 1.

Wagering services run by Sportsbet, Ladbrokes and online betting exchange Betfair all went down, with punters temporarily unable to place bets on their smartphone apps or computers.

"I'm so lucky to ride light in these handicaps and get support from these stables and it is a real honour to win in these colours".

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