For the fourth time in the past six years, a horse has died during the running of the “Race That Stops A Nation,” Australia's Melbourne Cup, reports the Otago Daily Times. This Tuesday, it was Aidan O'Brien trainee The Cliffsofmoher who suffered a fractured shoulder during the running of the race and subsequently had to be euthanized.
“The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained,” said Racing Victoria's Jamie Stier. “Our sympathies are extended to Coolmore and the Williams family, the owners of The Cliffsofmoher, jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O'Brien and his staff who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss.”
In 2013, Verema had to be put down due to an injury in the Melbourne Cup. The next year, Admire Ratki collapsed and died of heart failure after the race, and Araldo spooked returning to be unsaddled and broke his hind leg, and was also euthanized. In 2015, fan-favorite Red Cadeaux suffered a serious injury during the Cup, and wound up having to be put down 2 1/2 weeks later.
Read more at the Otago Daily Times.
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