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Cross Counter is the 2018 Melbourne Cup victor
08 November 2018, 03:00 | Elsie Buchanan
Tragedy at Melbourne Cup as horse The CliffsofMoher put down after injury
"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 spokeswoman Jane Speechley said.
Cross Counter's historic victory was described by his British trainer, Charlie Appleby, as "everybody's dream".
Racing Victoria's (RV) Executive General Manager - Integrity Services Jamie Stier said the Irish galloper couldn't be saved due to the nature of the injury.
On the injury sustained by The Cliffsofmoher, Joseph O'Brien - representing his father Aidan - said: "Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around a field at home".
The Aidan O'Brien-trained runner broke down just after crossing the post the first time - just 1000m after the start.
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However, despite his achievements, Djokovic appears doomed never to be held in the same warm esteem as Federer and Nadal . By virtue of Nadal's withdrawal, Novak Djokovic has mathematically clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking.
BetEasy was the biggest benefactor in Australia as sports betting sites Sportsbet, Ladbrokes and Betfair all crashed on Melbourne Cup day - the biggest day on the nation's betting calendar.
"It's very sad. It could have been worse, Ryan could have taken a fall off him". "He's really sweating up badly".
Last year Regal Monarch, which fell in race four on Melbourne Cup day, was euthanased after being injured during the race.
The 2014 race claimed the lives of two runners in favourite Admire Rakti and seventh-placed Araldo, while French mare Verema died after breaking her leg in the back straight of the 2013 edition.
The winning jockey, Australian Kerrin McEvoy now has three Melbourne Cups to his name after winning the race on Brew as an apprentice in 2000 and Almandin in 2016.
Godolphhin have had a tremendous Melbourne Spring Carnival after the Saeed Bin Suroor trained Best Solution carried their famous royal blue colours to victory in the Group 1 $5m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 20.
Parties galore are also in store across Perth, some of the biggest being held at Market Grounds, Henry Summer, The Stables, The Bach Club and, of course, Crown Perth, which past year hosted 24,000 WA racing fans on Cup day and expects even more today.
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.
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Kyle Busch , a seven-time victor this year, and defending Cup champion Martin Truex Jr . are among the other six title contenders. Harvick was on the inside again for the next restart, but Blaney was able to get by him for the lead.
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Barrett had a game-high 33 points in 32 minutes on 13-of-26 shooting from the field, including a 3-of-7 mark from downtown. While he did finish with 22 points and seven rebounds, most of his buckets came once the outcome was already decided.