Melbourne Cup 'tragedy' as horse reportedly put down

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Melbourne Cup contender Cliffsofmoher has been euthanised on track after suffering a fractured shoulder.

"The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained", he said.

"The Melbourne Cup is the disgrace that stops a nation".

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

Racing Victoria gave a further update in a statement, and assured the public that British jockey Ryan Moore was uninjured. "He's really sweating up badly", horseracing commentator and Sports Sunday panellist Richard Freedman said before the race.

Online sports-betting sites crashed nationwide in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup, the busiest betting event of the year.

But it was also noted in the coverage that the horse frequently did this before races, including when he ran without incident last start in the Caulfield Cup to finish third.

Mr O'Brien said: "Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around the field at home".

French-trained horse Verema had to be put down after an injury suffered in the 2013 Cup.

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

UPDATES: THE horse that exited midway through the Melbourne Cup - the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher - has been euthanased.

The Irish stallion had raced 17 times before today for three wins and five placings.

The following year fan favourite Red Cadeaux shattered a leg and was put down on the track.

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 a year ago hosted 24,000 WA racing fans on Cup day and expects even more today.

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