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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

The Cliffsofmoher owner's heartbroken admission


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The heartbroken owner of The Cliffsofmoher Nick Williams says the horse's tragic Melbourne Cup death has "destroyed" the spring carnival for he and his famous family, admitting it made him "question every part of" the industry.

Williams said there was "nothing worse you can imagine" than having to euthanase a horse that pulled up lame during a race but was critical of some of the commentary that has come out of the death, cautioning critics against forming an opinion until a full investigation is complete.

DEATH OUTRAGE: 'Disgrace that stops the nation'

The Cliffsofmoher's death has overshadowed the outstanding run of Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter, with the legitimacy of the 'race that stops the nation' called into question after a fifth death related to the race from the last six years.

In an interview with SEN radio's Gerard Whateley, Williams explained how big an impact The Cliffsofmoher's death had made on him.

"There's nothing worse you can imagine," he said.

"It's one thing anyone who's involved in horse racing or has been involved in it for any time, and my father told me this from when I was a very young boy, he said the great thing about horse racing from a life point-of-view is it teaches you to lose.

Horse euthanised after sustaining injury during race

"And you know, it really does. I'm happy to go to the races and lose, you're going to do that four out of every five times, even when you're going well.

"But when something like this happens to a horse it's just horrible and it makes you question every part of it.

"I can't tell you how bad you feel about it."

Williams and his family have faced accusations of allowing The Cliffsofmoher to run in poor health after the horse appeared to be sweating profusely as he was led to the barriers for the start of the Melbourne Cup.

However Williams said the horse was "as sound as a bell" and implored commentators to await a full investigation, which is being conducted by Racing Victoria officials and will include an autopsy.

"There's been a lot of rash comments made and I think we need to let the proper investigation take place and let the experts, if they can, get to the bottom of it in a sensible matter, rather than we all are at the moment, shooting from the hip," Williams said.

"It's of absolutely no use to anyone inventing facts at this point, let's let the experts do what they do best."

The heartbroken owner of The Cliffsofmoher Nick Williams says the horse's tragic Melbourne Cup death has "destroyed" the spring carnival for he and his famous family, admitting it made him "question every part of" the industry.

Williams said there was "nothing worse you can imagine" than having to euthanase a horse that pulled up lame during a race but was critical of some of the commentary that has come out of the death, cautioning critics against forming an opinion until a full investigation is complete.

DEATH OUTRAGE: 'Disgrace that stops the nation'

The Cliffsofmoher's death has overshadowed the outstanding run of Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter, with the legitimacy of the 'race that stops the nation' called into question after a fifth death related to the race from the last six years.

In an interview with SEN radio's Gerard Whateley, Williams explained how big an impact The Cliffsofmoher's death had made on him.

"There's nothing worse you can imagine," he said.

"It's one thing anyone who's involved in horse racing or has been involved in it for any time, and my father told me this from when I was a very young boy, he said the great thing about horse racing from a life point-of-view is it teaches you to lose.

Horse euthanised after sustaining injury during race

"And you know, it really does. I'm happy to go to the races and lose, you're going to do that four out of every five times, even when you're going well.

"But when something like this happens to a horse it's just horrible and it makes you question every part of it.

"I can't tell you how bad you feel about it."

Williams and his family have faced accusations of allowing The Cliffsofmoher to run in poor health after the horse appeared to be sweating profusely as he was led to the barriers for the start of the Melbourne Cup.

However Williams said the horse was "as sound as a bell" and implored commentators to await a full investigation, which is being conducted by Racing Victoria officials and will include an autopsy.

"There's been a lot of rash comments made and I think we need to let the proper investigation take place and let the experts, if they can, get to the bottom of it in a sensible matter, rather than we all are at the moment, shooting from the hip," Williams said.

"It's of absolutely no use to anyone inventing facts at this point, let's let the experts do what they do best."

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