McEvoy on Cross Counter wins prestigious Melbourne Cup 2018

Heather Diaz
November 7, 2018

"Charlie and myself used to travel to Doncaster and Chester and all of the tracks up north in England, back when I was over there riding, and all of those miles meant this, winning the Melbourne Cup".

Horse trainer Aidan O'Brien has confirmed that his colt The Cliffsofmoher died during the Melbourne Cup.

The other horses included Verema, Admire Rakti, Araldo, Red Cadeaux, and Regal Monarch.

It comes after an unusually high attrition rate of European horses at Werribee this year.

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.

Sheets and a tent were immediately put up to protect the horse and the tragic scene from shocked spectators, with some sharing photos online following the tragedy.

Asked about the correlation between deaths in the Melbourne Cup and the internationals, Stier told SEN on Wednesday: "That's something we'll look at in our wash-up". He's the one who's encouraged us to take the chances in what we do internationally. I'm not saying that's the sole cause [of more injuries], but the more horses, the greater exposure you have to horses potentially having issues. I always thought he was the horse to worry about.

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The British horse The Cliffsofmoher was put down after he fractured his shoulder as it went past the post the first time.

Marmelo and A Prince of Arran ran second and third respectively, as race favourites Yucatan and Magic Circle failed to deliver on pre-race expectations.

A report prepared by the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses showed 56 out of the 119 deaths last racing year were caused by front limb injuries.

Stier said the injury to The Cliffsofmoher was an unfortunate incident that happened infrequently, claiming Victoria has one of the best safety records in world racing. "Regardless of that, we're continuing to drive towards zero per cent".

EARLIER: FEARS are growing for the future of The Cliffsofmoher after the Aidan O'Brien-trained galloper was forced to exit midway through the Melbourne Cup.

"I'm confident that we have the right resources in place to address the risks that confront us".

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