The jockey of The Cliffsofmoher, Ryan Moore, made a heroic deed to save his horse from a painful death.
On Tuesday, during the Melbourne Cup, a great tragedy occurred - one of the horses died. The five-year-old stallion shattered his shoulder mid-race and had to be euthanized. An Irish-trained horse, The Cliffsofmoher, jumped well from the gate and galloped freely. However, then he suddenly slowed.
When the jockey noticed that something was wrong with his horse, he allowed the horse to slow down. The jockey committed a real heroic deed — instead of trying to speed up the horse and to try to win, he did not allow him to suffer.
The veterinary staff immediately ran to the animal but they saw that the injury of the horse was incredibly serious. The horse had to be euthanized. They also thanked the jockey for his actions and that he did not let The Cliffsofmoher experience awful pain.
The Cliffsofmoher's death is already the third death during the last five years in the Melbourne Cup. This is the most prestigious tournament in the country and this number of deaths is very sad. In addition, the death rate in this tournament exceeds the death rate in any other country tournaments.
It was expected that The Cliffsofmoher would bring the third victory in the big race for his owner Lloyd Williams. However, this did not happen. In his career, the horse won more than $1.7million in prize money.
PETA activists are calling for a full investigation into the cause of the horse’s death in order to find out what actually happened to The Cliffsofmoher.
Considering Australians hate cruelty to animals, commemorating a day on which horses routinely die in the Melbourne Cup is fundamentally un-Australian, - a representative of PETA noted on Tuesday. - While public holidays give Aussies a break, horses are breaking legs.