Poms finally strike in Melbourne Cup - with the trifecta!

Melbourne's Spring Festival which includes the Melbourne Cup takes place at Flemington Racecourse

Just two races after the Melbourne Cup was won by Cross Counter, Galaxy Raider and his jockey Jordan Childs crashed into the turf in a nasty high speed fall.

Cross Counter's win was the first Cup triumph for the famed Godolphin stable, who had never won Australia's greatest race in more than 20 attempts.

The Melbourne Cup witnessed a fourth death since 2013 as The Cliffsofmoher was euthanised on the track.

The star Irish galloper collapsed on the track prompting vets and emergency services to immediately attend to both horse and jockey Ryan Moore.

The CliffsofMoher had won $1.7 million dollars for his owners.Today, he broke his shoulder during the 2018 #MelbourneCup & died on track behind the notorious "green screen of death".Animals & #gambling money are a TOXIC mix.Another handsome horse dead.

The five-year-old was pulled up 600m into the race by English jockey Ryan Moore, eventually stopping halfway around the first corner.

He timed his charge to perfection, taking the lead in the final strides for a third Melbourne Cup victory, with his family set to benefit from his slice of the prize money estimated at $200,000 (£110,000).

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The Cliffsofmoher was put down after suffering a fractured right shoulder.

The race was marred when the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher broke down at the winning post the first time around, breaking its right shoulder.

Parties galore are also in store across Perth, some of the biggest being held at Market Grounds, Henry Summer, The Stables, The Bach Club and, of course, Crown Perth, which a year ago hosted 24,000 WA racing fans on Cup day and expects even more today.

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.

Seven commentator Bruce McAvaney described it as a "tragedy".

It came after he was spotted looking very agitated moments before the start.

It tarnished a thrilling win by Cross Counter, who saluted ahead of Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

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