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The Melbourne Cup was again been marred by the death of a horse on Tuesday, this time the Irish-trained The Cliffsofmoher.

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington", Mr Stier said. As the remaining 23 horses passed the post, The Cliffsofmoher received medical attention before vets determined it was "unable to be saved".

The condition of The CliffsofMoher, which was being ridden by star English jockey Ryan Moore, is not yet known.

The 38-year-old copped a 21-meeting ban for being one kilogram overweight on Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo.

Racing Victoria said these incidents occurred "infrequently" and insisted Victoria has one of the "best safety records in the world in racing".

Channel 7 commentator Bruce McAvaney said it was a "tragedy" while his colleague Richard Freedman had made a point of mentioning how agitated The Cliffsofmoher looked before the race.

Third-place finisher, Prince of Arran, had won the Lexus Stakes on Derby Day to secure its place in the Melbourne Cup, leaving trainer Charlie Fellowes agonisingly close to a Melbourne Cup Carnival double inside four days.

Race favourite Yucatan and Bowman's mount Marmelo were reported as being lame after the race, Avilius suffered lacerations when colliding with Thecliffsofmoher as it shifted suddenly due to its injury, and Magic Circle - which was heavily backed in betting markets - suffered internal bleeding and finished near the rear of the field.

Cross Counter won the Cup, the Charlie Appleby-trained stayer handing Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy his third Cup triumph.

McEvoy now has three Melbourne Cups after winning the race on Brew as an apprentice in 2000 and Almandin in 2016.

Admire Rakti was a Japanese racehorse who collapsed and died from cardiac arrest at the Melbourne Cup in 2014.

"Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around the field at home", he said.

As soon as Moore noticed something was amiss, he eased off on the horse and allowed it to slow down in an attempt to prevent further injury and pain.

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