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

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

Thirty years after having his first Melbourne Cup runner and two decades after having his first lash at the race for Godolphin, Sheikh Mohammed has finally lived his Melbourne Cup fantasy.

"Charlie Appleby has done the most unbelievable job this year, huge credit to him and his team". Only Bobby Lewis and Harry White have won more with four victories apiece.

There were awful scenes as the horses passed the finishing post for the first of two laps when fancied worldwide The Cliffsofmoher broke down mid-race.

But after riding him in a gallop last week, jockey Kerrin McEvoy said the horse seemed really well on the back of a good form line - two wins and a second in July and August - and time spent recovering from the wound.

"I had to go my own way and we were full of running".

Tarps were set up on the track immediately after the race finished and it's understood trainers spent some time working on the horse before it was put down.

"I'm getting wet here but I don't give a stuff because I'm enjoying winning my third Melbourne Cup", McEvoy said. "It's not sunk in yet".

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The Cup had always been the nut that Sheikh Mohammed could not crack despite trying to hit it with a sledgehammer on plenty of occasions. He's the one who's encouraged us to take the chances in what we do internationally.

"The time difference has meant a lot of punters' activity has come through later in the morning and has been skewed towards the outsiders", the agency's Ella Zampatti said.

"Kerrin, I'm just delighted, that was some ride. I knew that if he found the gaps, this horse has got the gears to pick up".

The stewards' report listed Marmelo, as well as Aidan O'Brien's Yucatan (11th), as mildly lame after the race, while fellow Werribee resident Magic Circle (16th) displayed signs of an exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage post-race.

Sir Charles Road trainer by New Zealander Lance O'Sullivan was seventh, New Zealand bred Zacada was 13th and Who Shot Thebarman was 17th.

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

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