A horse racing in the annual Melbourne Cup carnival has died for the second year in a row.
Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher, which placed in the Caulfield Cup, suffered a fractured right shoulder as he passed the finish line for the first time and was put down on the track.
The Chairmen and Directors of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) extend their sympathies to the Williams family and Coolmore connections of The CliffsofMoher, which was euthanised after he went amiss in the Melbourne Cup
— FlemingtonRacecourse (@FlemingtonVRC) November 6, 2018
— nastyhack (@lynleybilby) November 6, 2018
The $6.2 million race was won by Cross Counter, followed by Marmelo and A Prince of Arran.
Last year Regal Monarch, which fell in race four on Melbourne Cup day, was euthanased after being injured during the race.
Red Cadeaux died in 2015 a fortnight after sustaining an injury during the Melbourne Cup.
The most catastrophic year for the race was 2014, when six-year-old Japanese thoroughbred Admire Rakti collapsed straight after the Melbourne Cup and died in its stall, while Araldo broke his leg on a fence after taking fright and was euthanased.
RSPCA Australia says The Cliffsofmoher is the sixth horse to die during the Melbourne Cup carnival since 2013.