How rider of The Cliffsofmoher saved his beloved horse from suffering a painful death 

The jockey of The Cliffsofmoher has been praised for his heroic efforts to save his horse from suffering a painful death.

The Melbourne Cup was marred by tragedy on Tuesday when the five-year-old stallion shattered his shoulder mid-race and had to be euthanised.

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.

The jockey (right) of The Cliffsofmoher has been praised for his heroic efforts to save his horse from suffering a painful death

The jockey (right) of The Cliffsofmoher has been praised for his heroic efforts to save his horse from suffering a painful death

The jockey (right) of The Cliffsofmoher has been praised for his heroic efforts to save his horse from suffering a painful death

The Melbourne Cup was marked by tragedy on Tuesday when the five-year-old stallion shattered his shoulder mid-race and had to be euthanised (pictured: The Cliffsofmoher rolling in sand after a trackwork session in October)

The Melbourne Cup was marked by tragedy on Tuesday when the five-year-old stallion shattered his shoulder mid-race and had to be euthanised (pictured: The Cliffsofmoher rolling in sand after a trackwork session in October)

The Melbourne Cup was marked by tragedy on Tuesday when the five-year-old stallion shattered his shoulder mid-race and had to be euthanised (pictured: The Cliffsofmoher rolling in sand after a trackwork session in October)

The moment Irish jockey Ryan Moore noticed there was something wrong with the stallion he eased off and allowed the horse to slow down.

Instead of pushing Cliffsofmoher to perform and finish the race, Moore ensured he would not endure further pain and suffering.

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

Equine Veterinarians Australia spokesman Ian Fulton, who was in attendance at the cup, told Seven News the jockey’s actions should be praised. 

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

‘I had full vision, the jockey dismounted and kept the horse calm and the horse stood still.

The moment Irish jockey Ryan Moore (pictured) noticed there was something wrong with the stallion he eased off and allowed the horse to slow down

The moment Irish jockey Ryan Moore (pictured) noticed there was something wrong with the stallion he eased off and allowed the horse to slow down

The moment Irish jockey Ryan Moore (pictured) noticed there was something wrong with the stallion he eased off and allowed the horse to slow down

Veterinary and course staff ran out to the stricken stallion and immediately saw the horse's injury was so severe that he would have to immediately be put down. They erected a screen around him to block the view from the crowd 

Veterinary and course staff ran out to the stricken stallion and immediately saw the horse's injury was so severe that he would have to immediately be put down. They erected a screen around him to block the view from the crowd 

Veterinary and course staff ran out to the stricken stallion and immediately saw the horse’s injury was so severe that he would have to immediately be put down. They erected a screen around him to block the view from the crowd 

‘It was just an amazing effort by the jockey that needs to be acknowledged.’

The Cliffsofmoher profile

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Age: Five years old

Prize money: $1.7million

Foal date: December 3, 2014 

Moore has not spoken to the media following the race but he is reportedly ‘shattered’.   

Veterinary and course staff ran out to the stricken stallion and immediately saw the horse’s injury was so severe that he would have to immediately be put down. 

They erected a screen around him to block the view from the crowd.

The Cliffsofmoher’s death is the third time in five years a horse has died after running in the Melbourne Cup – an awful record for the country’s most prestigious turf event, and far in excess of the usual rate of fatalities in racing.

The Cliffsofmoher was at odds of $19 to win the Cup and deliver owner Lloyd Williams a third straight victory in the big race.

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

 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have called for an investigation into the horse's death - having previously demanded the race be scrapped altogether

 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have called for an investigation into the horse's death - having previously demanded the race be scrapped altogether

 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have called for an investigation into the horse’s death – having previously demanded the race be scrapped altogether

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have called for an investigation into the horse’s death – having previously demanded the race be scrapped altogether.

The activist group called The Cliffsofmoher ‘the most recent victim of the cruel annual spectacle’.

‘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 on Tuesday.

‘While public holidays give Aussies a break, horses are breaking legs.’

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