Anger over Melbourne Cup horse death

Sergio Cunningham
November 6, 2018

Stewards delayed the second and third races onTuesday because of visibility concerns in the first race and say they hope to make up the time to ensure the Cup goes off at its scheduled time of 3pm.

English stayer Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, gave Dubai-based Godolphin stable its first Melbourne Cup with victory in Australia's largest and most prestigious horse race on Tuesday.

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It was best described in the infamous 2016 Deadspin article The Melbourne Cup is Decadent and Depraved as "a flawless event for young and old alike to don their finest of outfits and guzzle copious amounts of alcohol".

Appleby's Melbourne Cup win came just days after he won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf on Friday with Line of Duty, surviving an inquiry/objection.

It was that day he was noticed by the Godolphin hierarchy and he spent many years travelling the globe riding as the No.2 behind Frankie Dettori.

"Our thoughts are with animal lovers across the country who have been affected by this loss, and confronted by the very real risks posed by racing to the horses involved", RSPCA Australia spokesperson Jane Speechley said. It was only Cross Counter's eighth start, but he had missed a top-two finish only once.

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It's a great feeling and it's bringing us closer together. We knew the second half was going to be a different game. We are doing everything we can to get there", he said.

"It feels very warm inside knowing I've done it with the help of all the guys that have helped me along the way".

The race was marred by the death of one of the entries, The Cliffsofmoher, who pulled up within the first 600m with a fractured right shoulder.

The Herald Sun reported that Racing Victoria's chief steward Robert Cram criticised the senior jockey.

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

"We were lucky to get through".

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.

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