"Of course, horses die at lower-profile racing events all the time".
The Aussie punter was a bit more confident - or richer - and laid down $50,000 with a TAB agency there to claim half a million dollars.
The Cliffsofmoher stands as staff erect a tarp.
French-trained horse Verema had to be put down after an injury suffered in the 2013 Cup.
Parties galore are also in store across Perth, some of the biggest being held at Market Grounds, Henry Summer, The Stables, The Bach Club and, of course, Crown Perth, which past year hosted 24,000 WA racing fans on Cup day and expects even more today.
Red Cadeaux died in 2015 a fortnight after sustaining an injury during the Melbourne Cup. A report prepared by the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses showed 56 out of the 119 deaths last racing year were caused by front limb injuries. Admire Rakti died in his stall after finishing last.
British-born Araldo shattered his leg after being frightened by spectators; he was also put down in 2014.
The horse's trainer, Aidan O'Brien, said he was relieved jokey Moore was unharmed.
"We're seeing to the growing number of Australians who feel uncomfortable about watching horse racing, and tragic incident like this provided a catalyst for that concern".
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The death of Irish stayer The Cliffsofmoher cast a pall over the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, angering animal rights groups and shining the spotlight on the safety record of Australia's most prestigious race meeting.
"This is a race we have been trying to win for years and I'm just fortunate to turn up with the right horse".
Cross Counter's Melbourne Cup victory is the first by an English horse while it also ended the Godolphin stable and owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's long quest to win the "race that stops a nation".
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.
Racing Victoria vets found he was lame in the near foreleg after the race.
It came after he was spotted looking very agitated moments before the start.
Channel 7 commentator Bruce McAvaney said it was a "tragedy" while his colleague Richard Freedman had made a point of mentioning how agitated The Cliffsofmoher looked before the race. "He's really sweating up badly".
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy celebrated his third win in the two-mile race, drawing level with active jockeys Damien Oliver and Glen Boss.