Melbourne Cup jockey suffers horror fall in early race at Flemington

Italian jockey Frankie Dettori is back for his 16th crack at the race in 24 years having finished second on Max Dynamite in 2015

A horror fall has occurred on Melbourne Cup, with Regal Monarch and jockey Joao Moreira going down heavily in Race 4, the Ronald McDonald House Charities Plate.

The five-year-old bay gelding, trained by Chris Waller, was put down on Tuesday night, hours after the horse had walked onto the float and was taken away from the racecourse.

Joao Moreira is out of the Cup after sickening fall.

Regal Monarch takes a turn for the worst.

"It is with sadness that we can confirm that the horse has been humanely euthanised on veterinary advice as a result of the injuries sustained".

Regal Monarch fell shortly after the field entered the straight and even though Moreira hit the ground hard he was able to walk back to the ambulance before making his way back to the jockey's room with a slight limp.

Des O'Keeffee, chairman of the Australian Jockeys Association, said Moreira didn't need to go to hospital for treatment.

Moreira is a top Brazilian jockey based in Hong Kong, who rode Heartbreak City to the narrowest of second placings in the 2016 Melbourne Cup.

The William Mullins-prepared Thomas Hobson, a 15-1 contender, will now be ridden by 18-year-old Ben Allen, the Irish trainer confirmed.

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