Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy pre-race promise to wife

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The condition of The CliffsofMoher, which was being ridden by star English jockey Ryan Moore, is not yet known.

Victorian stewards were able to avoid calling off the Melbourne Cup mid race - won by Charlie Appleby's Cross Counter - but the Lloyd Williams and Coolmore-owned The Cliffsofmoher could not be saved. He was treated by vets for three weeks after the race, but was eventually euthanised.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained horse suffered a fractured shoulder during Tuesday's race and had to be euthanised, Racing Victoria executive Jamie Stier said in a statement.

Number 2 horse Cliffsofmoher was injured within the first 600m of the Melbourne Cup.

"The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained".

The 8-1 chance Cross Counter, who broke the track record when winning the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in the summer, won by a length from the Hughie Morrison-trained Marmelo, with A Prince Of Arran third for Charlie Fellowes.

Bowman, who finished second behind British stayer Cross Counter in the feature race, was initially banned for 41 race meetings but had his suspension reduced to 35 meetings.

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

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Speaking to media prior to the race, McEvoy revealed that he had promised his kids a swimming pool and his wife a house if he took out a third Melbourne Cup, and now he is set to stay true to his word. "What a field to do it in".

The Irish stallion had raced 17 times before today for three wins and five placings.

The Cliffsofmoher is not the first horse to be put down at the Melbourne Cup.

Perth Racing managing director John Yovich said the best thing about the Ascot celebrations was the nine-race card on track once the Cup had run.

"Considering Australians hate cruelty to animals, commemorating a day on which horses routinely die in the Melbourne Cup is fundamentally un-Australian", a PETA spokesman said.

It was the 158th running of the 3,200-meter race and had a purse of 7.3 million Australian dollars ($5.3m).

"The jockey did a tremendous job to pull the horse up instantly and very carefully", Dr Fulton said.

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