Tragedy in Melbourne

There was tragedy overnight in Australia as the Aidan O’Brien trained Cliffsofmoher had to be put down after an accident in the Lexus sponsored Melbourne Cup.

There were doubts over the race taking place after torrential rain but it did go ahead in front of an estimated crowd of 100,000.

Cliffsofmoher, ridden by Champion Jockey Ryan Moore, was one of three O’Brien trained horses in the race. He finished runner-up in last year’s Epsom Derby and had been trained all year with this particular race in mind.

He fractured his right shoulder during the race and had to be put down.

The race was won by Cross Counter who became the first ever British trained winner in the 158-year history of the race.

Ireland has won the race three times with Vintage Crop and Media Puzzle for Dermot Weld in 1993 and 2002 and last year with Rekindling trained by Aidan O’Brien’s son Joseph.

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