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Melbourne Cup favourite Irish horse Yucatan leads stablemate Cliffs of Moher during an early morning run at the Werribee racecourse

Nick Williams, the son of The Cliffsofmoher's owner Lloyd Williams, said on Wednesday his family were "not scared" to withdraw horses from races "no matter how big or small" if they had an issue, stressing there was nothing wrong with the five-year-old before his "terrible accident".

"When I was lucky enough to get the job, I said there were two things I wanted to do - win the Derby and the Melbourne Cup", he said.

"Cliffsofmoher, he's melting like an ice-cream at the moment", Seven commentator Richard Freedman said.

It is not known whether Godsey will attempt to ask The Cliffsofmoher his so-called views on the gaming industry or whether he felt nervous ahead of the 157th running of the Melbourne Cup.

"RSPCA Australia has long voiced its concerns about the welfare of racehorses, including the use of inhumane devices such as whips and tongue ties, as well as the risk to injury and death during races".

But it was also noted in the coverage that the horse frequently did this before races, including when he ran without incident last start in the Caulfield Cup to finish third.

Ryan Moore pulls up The Cliffsofmoher after it broke down in the first lap of the Melbourne Cup.

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Cross Counter won the Cup, the Charlie Appleby-trained stayer handing Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy his third Cup triumph.

"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".

In 2015, fan favourite Red Cadeaux was euthanised weeks after breaking his leg during the race.

In the same 2014 race, import Araldo had to be euthanised because of an injury suffered when he was returning to scale.

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 a year ago hosted 24,000 WA racing fans on Cup day and expects even more today.

"Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around the field at home", he said. Jockey Joao Moreira was also injured in the fall.

In Australia a racing horse dies on average, every three days a from injury sustained in a race.

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