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Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher has suffered a harrowing injury during the running of the 2018 Melbourne Cup.
The Aiden O’Brien-trained horse went down within the first 600m of Race 7 and spent a long period of time in the hands of trainers with the ominous tarps up.
— Jase Kemp (@jasetaylorkemp) November 6, 2018
RIP Cliffs Of Moher ????????????
— Art Martineau (@rebelsart) November 6, 2018
— Susan Metcalfe (@susanamet) November 6, 2018
**BREAKING** Cliffsofmoher has been injured within the first 600m of the #melbournecup. We’ll update with more as soon as information becomes available.
— RSPCA Australia (@RSPCA) November 6, 2018
After the race, it was confirmed by Racing.com editor Shane Anderson that The Cliffsofmoher died due to fractured right shoulder.
Horrible news. The Cliffsofmoher suffered a fractured right shoulder when injured in the Melbourne Cup, unfortunately could not be saved. Thoughts with connections. @Racing
— Shane Anderson (@Globalgallop) November 6, 2018
The horse’s death will no doubt spark more outcry from animal rights activists after a string of deaths at the Melbourne Cup over the past five years.
In 2017, Regal Monarch died in Race 4 while Red Cadeaux was put down in 2015.
The year before, race favourite Admire Ratki died from a heart attack and Araldo broke a leg and was euthanised in the same race.
119 horses died on Australian tracks between August 2017 and July 2018, according to PETA.