O'Brien's The Cliffsofmoher suffers fatal injury in Melbourne Cup

O'Brien's The Cliffsofmoher suffers fatal injury in Melbourne Cup

WATCH: 2018 Melbourne Cup winning trainer Charlie Appleby says Cross Counter's win is still sinking in. 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 had lost his battle, with vets forced to euthanise the stricken horse. He followed up with more dour types, but they were too slow. Finche was formerly trained in France and only came to this country a few weeks before the Cup to be prepared by the man who has guided superstar Winx's career.

The early signs in the Melbourne Cup were not good, however.

Cliffsofmoher is the sixth horse to die in a Melbourne Cup since 2013.

McEvoy claimed his third Melbourne Cup after switching wide to launch his challenge in the straight, passing the Charlie Fellowes-trained A Prince Of Arran and edging out the fast-finishing Marmelo, representing Hughie Morrison. "We were lucky to get through", McEvoy said later. The only difference with him was that he was travelling. "It's a very special day and one I will never forget", said Appleby. "He just needed a gap and got it and I couldn't be more pleased with the way he finished".

The year will be a memorable one for Appleby even away from his Melbourne triumph as he also managed to win the English Derby with Masar.

"I couldn't see much, I was lucky I had an uninterrupted run".

"This is all down to Sheikh Mohammed".

Kerrin McEvoy could never have guessed that road tripping around the north of England with Charlie Appleby would lead to him landing a Melbourne Cup victor 15 years later.

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"All those days have accumulated in us winning a Melbourne Cup together".

The Newmarket-based trainer said he had spoken to Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, who had been trying to win the race for 20 years and was "over the moon" with the result.

"I was back a bit further than what I wanted", McEvoy said.

Favourite Yucatan, prepared by O'Brien, finished 11th, with the Irishman's other entrant Rostropovich fifth in a disappointing race for the master trainer.

The track was downgraded immediately after Race 1 to a Heavy 8 and Race 2 was pushed back to a 1.40pm start.

"In Europe, whenever there is some juice in the ground he struggled so it was something we were quite anxious about pre-race".

"Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around the field at home", he said.

"It could have been worse, Ryan (Moore) could have taken a fall off him, someone could have been seriously injured".

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