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 Cliffsofmoher (IRE), a Coolmore horse trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, broke down early in the race and had to be euthanized.
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 Daily Telegraph has reported the star United Kingdom galloper had a fractured right shoulder and "could not be saved".
Only weeks after winning the biggest cheque in racing aboard Redzel in The Everest, McEvoy added another Melbourne Cup to his already impressive CV. Araldo was put down several hours after the race after he fractured his leg when he kicked a fence.
In a statement the RSPCA said there was a growing number of Australians who felt uncomfortable watching horse racing.
As the remaining 23 horses passed the post, The Cliffsofmoher received medical attention before vets determined it was "unable to be saved".
"It's a huge thrill to win this race, as I said in the press yesterday, to repay a bit of faith that he showed in me".
Described as a "tragedy" by veteran Seven commentator Bruce McAvaney, the United Kingdom raider pulled up lame as the field passed the finishing post for the first time.
"Cliffsofmoher, he's melting like an ice-cream at the moment", Seven commentator Richard Freedman said.
It was best described in the infamous 2016 Deadspin article The Melbourne Cup is Decadent and Depraved as "a flawless event for young and old alike to don their finest of outfits and guzzle copious amounts of alcohol". "He's really sweating up badly".
The Melbourne Cup dam burst in spectacular fashion for the Poms as Cross Counter for Appleby got home over fellow Englishmen Hughie Morrison (Marmelo) and Charlie Fellowes (A Prince Of Arran).