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Moore was uninjured in the incident.

In 2015, crowd favourite and three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux had to be euthanised two-and-a-half weeks after the Cup as a result of complications from an injury suffered in that year's race.

British trainers Hughie Morrison and Charlie Fellowes were quick to heap praise on the gallant Melbourne Cup runs of Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

Cliffsofmoher, an Irish-trained horse, jumped well from the gate and galloped freely before suddenly slowing just as the field passed the winning post for the first time.

It was a relief for McEvoy, who was blocked when Aidan O'Brien-trained Cliffsofmoher pulled up lame early in the race.

Stier said the injury to The Cliffsofmoher was an unfortunate incident that happened infrequently, as Victoria had one of the best safety records in world racing.

Admire Rakti and Araldo were both killed in the 2014 Melbourne Cup.

The 38-year-old from Streaky Bay, South Australia rode Brew to victory in the 2000 Melbourne Cup, and followed that win in 2016 with victory on board Almandin.

If he forced Cliffsofmoher to continue, it is likely the young horse would have fallen on the track.

An official guides the finishing horses away from the stricken The Cliffsofmoher after the running of the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

"RSPCA Australia has long voiced its concerns about the welfare of racehorses, including the use of inhumane devices such as whips and tongue ties, as well as the risk to injury and death during races".

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for an investigation into the death, which it described as "the most recent victim of the cruel annual spectacle".

"I'm just lucky to be in a position to train these horses", said Appleby.

Speaking afterwards, O'Brien said it was "very sad".

"It could have been worse, Ryan (Moore) could have taken a fall off him [Cliffsofmoher], someone could have been seriously injured", according to the Daily Mail.

The horse, which was based at County Tipperary in Ireland, had won more than $1.7million in prize money.

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