A horse competing in the Melbourne Cup has died after it broke down less than 1000 metres into "the race that stops the nation" on Tuesday afternoon.
The Cliffsofmoher, ridden by jockey Ryan Moore, suffered a fractured right shoulder and was euthanised on the track, animal welfare organisation the RSPCA and newspaper the Herald Sun reported.
The Caulfield Cup place-getter was five years old. Moore was uninjured in the incident.
“It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington,” Racing Victoria's executive general manager of integrity services, Jamie Stier, said in a statement issued less than an hour after the race finished.
“The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained.
“This was an unfortunate incident that happens infrequently, with Victoria having one of the best safety records in world racing."
Some Australians decided to boycott Melbourne Cup celebrations and used the hashtag #nuptothecup on social media.
Gina Rushton is a breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
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