Anger over Melbourne Cup horse death

Melbourne Cup favourite Irish horse Yucatan leads stablemate Cliffs of Moher during an early morning run at the Werribee racecourse

The coveted Melbourne Cup is heading to England for the first time after Cross Counter, the four-year-old bay trained at Newmarket by Charlie Appleby, stormed down the home straight to win Australia's biggest race. He was treated by vets for three weeks after the race, but was eventually euthanised.

"We're seeing a growing number of Australians who feel uncomfortable about watching horse racing, and tragic incidents like these provide a catalyst for that concern".

The race was marred by the death of one of the entries, The Cliffsofmoher, who pulled up within the first 600m with a fractured right shoulder.

"The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained", said Racing Victoria's Jamie Stier.

"Today's tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks these horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality".

Fellowes took to Twitter shortly after the race to express his pride for his stable star A Prince Of Arran, who produced a career-best run in the Cup only three days after securing his place in the race with a gritty win in the Hotham Handicap.

The victor stormed down from the outside in the final several hundred meters for a length victory.

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For jockey Kerrin McEvoy, it is his third Melbourne Cup, and he becomes the first jockey to complete the Everest-Cup double. "What a field to do it in".

The Irish stallion was the sixth horse to die in the annual event since 2013, according to The Guardian.

During the trophy presentation, rain which had affected the lead-up to the race again started to fall at Flemington.

"With Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle I just gave him a blank page and said "ride it as you find it".

Appleby said Cross Counter would fly out of Melbourne with the rest of his team on Sunday and will spend the northern hemisphere winter in Dubai.

The forecasted rain arrived early on the day of the Cup, with more than 50 millimetres falling in the hours leading up to the race.

"I'm just lucky to be in a position to train these horses", said Appleby.

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