Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Online betting sites crashed in lead-up to Melbourne Cup

Online betting sites crashed in lead-up to Melbourne Cup

In 1985, the Melbourne Cup coincided with a royal visit.

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

The Chairmen and Directors of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) later extended their sympathies, with Flemington Racecourse tweeting their condolences, "To the Williams family and the connections of The CliffsofMoher, which was euthanised after he went amiss in the Melbourne Cup".

According to The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, one horse dies on Australian racetracks every three days.

"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", said Racing Victoria Executive General Manager of Integrity Jamie Stier in a statement. "As only a five-year-old, [The Cliffsofmoher] had won $1.7 million for his owners".

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

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Limb injuries are the most common cause of death for racehorses on the track.

THE Melbourne Cup has been marred by an apparent serious injury to star United Kingdom galloper The CliffsofMoher.

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.

"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.

Described as a "tragedy" by veteran Seven commentator Bruce McAvaney, the United Kingdom raider pulled up lame as the field passed the finishing post for the first time.

In 2014 two horses Admire Rakti and Araldo were put down following the race. "He's really sweating up badly", horseracing commentator and Sports Sunday panellist Richard Freedman said before the race. Marmelo came in second and Prince of Arran finished third.

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