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Racing Victoria said these incidents occurred "infrequently" and insisted Victoria has one of the "best safety records in the world in racing".

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

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.

Victorian stewards were able to avoid calling off the Melbourne Cup mid race - won by Charlie Appleby's Cross Counter - but the Lloyd Williams and Coolmore-owned The Cliffsofmoher could not be saved.

The Cliffsofmoher was an Irish horse ridden by English jockey Ryan Moore.

This Tuesday, it was Aidan O'Brien trainee The Cliffsofmoher who suffered a fractured shoulder during the running of the race and subsequently had to be euthanized.

Admire Rakti was a Japanese racehorse who collapsed and died from cardiac arrest at the Melbourne Cup in 2014.

The horse clipped the heels of another runner and injured a foreleg when falling as the field turned for home.

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The unfortunate incident caused serious interference to the James Cummings-trained Avilius who finished 22nd.

A win for Marmelo would have completed a dream run for jockey Hugh Bowman, who has enjoyed a marvellous ride aboard superstar mare and four-time Cox Plate victor, Winx.

EARLIER: FEARS are growing for the future of The Cliffsofmoher after the Aidan O'Brien-trained galloper was forced to exit midway through the Melbourne Cup.

The Cliffsofmoher pulled up lame about 600m into the 3200m race, dropping back in the pack and eventually coming to a stop.

"Our thoughts are with animal lovers across the country who have been affected by this loss, and confronted by the very real risks posed by racing to the horses involved", Speechly added.

"Charlie and myself used to travel to Doncaster and Chester and all of the tracks up north in England, back when I was over there riding, and all of those miles meant this, winning the Melbourne Cup".

"Today's tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks these horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality". The horse had only minor lacerations.

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