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.

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.

(Source: This article was originally published on The Roar)