Animal welfare groups led the calls for an inquiry into the death of The Cliffsofmoher, which was one of the leading fancies heading into the Melbourne Cup but was a late betting drifter after sweating up in the parade.
The only sure bet on the Melbourne Cup is that Lloyd Williams, or anyone else for that matter, won't be taking on "crazy owner" Dr Marwan Koukash's promise to accept the trophy in his G-string.
Awful news. The Cliffsofmoher suffered a fractured right shoulder when injured in the Melbourne Cup, unfortunately could not be saved.
It was the first win for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Godolphin, who have been trying to crack the Melbourne Cup since first trying with Faithful Son in 1998.
McEvoy's wife will also be happy with her husband - who steered Redzel to victory at the world's richest turf race, The Everest, in Sydney last month - after he promised that if he won, he'd buy her a new house.
In 2014, Admire Rakti, who collapsed and died in his stall after the race, and Araldo, who broke his leg and was euthanased, were casualties. "He's just such a brick of a horse, he gives you his all and he's an absolute gentleman, anybody can ride him".
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Two of his three Cup wins have come since that move.
Regal Monarch, trained by Chris Waller, was euthanised after falling in race four a year ago, while British stayer Red Cadeaux was put down two weeks after falling and breaking a leg in the 2015 Melbourne Cup. It's since become the defining fixture of the Australian horse racing calendar.
"If we hadn't run yesterday he would have had to gallop, and we've more than paid the expenses". The victor of the first Cup, Mr Marshall, owner of Tory Boy, described it as a "monstrosity", according to the National Museum of Australia.
Chris Waller-trained Finche came in fourth to be the best of the locally prepared horses, while Japanese entrant Chestnut Coat was 14th.
A Prince of Arran, who had qualified for the Cup only on Saturday when he won the Hotham Handicap on Derby Day, had been in the mix for a long time but could not match their finish, coming third. This year has been so incredible, winning a Derby and now this.
Cross Counter's win has spared Melburnians the sight of Koukash's outlandish planned celebration. I don't know whether we go Cup racing next year, he'll probably have a bit more weight this time next year.
"I took his rug off and he looks fantastic".