Another horse, this time Irish thoroughbred The Cliffsofmoher, has been killed at the Melbourne Cup because it was too stupid to not fall over and break its bones on national television.
Racing in his first Melbourne Cup, The Cliffsofmoher fell within the first 600m of the ‘Race that Stops a Nation’ and broke his shoulder, with no chance of rehabilitation. The five year-old had to be euthanised in order to relieve the excruciating pain that he clumsily brought upon himself.
Long-time racing carnival presenter Bruce McAvaney said it was an unfortunate thing to happen.
“It’s regrettable, and our thoughts and prayers are with the owners and trainers of this fine horse, but unfortunately this is the sad part of this sport of kings,” said McAvaney.
Racegoer Lachlan Betts shared McAvaney’s sentiments.
“Yeah, it sucks but have you checked out the gash here?!” said Betts with one side of his shirt untucked.
Another member of the public, who chose to remain anonymous, was noticeably distraught over the horse’s death.
“It’s a real tragedy. I can’t believe it’s happened again. This is the third fucking time I’ve bet on a horse that’s collapsed at the Cup,” said the punter.
“Red Cadeaux in 2015, Regal Monarch last year and this year it’s this retard horse. I’ve lost about $500 to these spastics.”
The Melbourne Cup has been increasingly controversial with its record of horse deaths in recent times, with the number of protestors and boycotters growing each year. Racing Victoria spokesperson Gary McClintock says that it’s unfair for activists to target the biggest day of the racing calendar.
“Why aren’t they protesting every week? Why aren’t they protesting at country meets? They deliberately wait until the biggest racing day of the year just to make the biggest noise,” said McClintock.
“Well, I guess that makes sense, and we have killed five horses in the last five Melbourne Cup races…
“…but someone pointed out that these people only seem to come out once a year and I’m going to continue to pretend that their selective outrage somehow invalidates their argument that we shouldn’t flog horses to death.”
Despite growing concerns, the 2019 Melbourne Cup is expected to go ahead as planned, with the horse to be murdered yet to be announced.