The death partly overshadowed the first Melbourne Cup win by Godolphin on Wednesday morning with many people concerned about the death of a fifth horse in a Melbourne Cup-related incident in the past six years.
Regal Monarch, trained by Chris Waller, was euthanised after falling in race four previous year, while British stayer Red Cadeaux was put down two weeks after falling and breaking a leg in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
Racing Victoria stewards referred the incident to the Equine Welfare Department and an inquiry will be held into the incident with a report not expected for a few weeks.
Punters in South Africa were treated to some staggering figures as far as the betting on the Melbourne Cup is concerned.
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.
Nakeeta's connections were pleased the horse secured prizemoney by running 12th after a fifth place in the race in 2017 and the horse will return to Scotland for a break.
Fan favourite Red Cadeaux, who finished second on three occasions, was pulled up in the final straight of the 2015 edition of the race and it was later confirmed he suffered a break in his left foreleg. Araldo was put down several hours after the race after he fractured his leg when he kicked a fence.
"I'm absolutely delighted. This is everybody's dream", said Appleby, who also prepared Epsom Derby victor Masar.
Described as a "tragedy" by veteran Seven commentator Bruce McAvaney, the United Kingdom raider pulled up lame as the field passed the finishing post for the first time.
Veterinarians rushed on to the track as soon as the race was completed as a tarp was erected around the fallen stayer.
Unnoticed amid the tragedy of The Cliffsofmoher's death after the Melbourne Cup was how Ryan Moore handled the situation.
The Godolphin stable, owned by uber-wealthy Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed, finally broke their Melbourne Cup drought. "He's really sweating up badly".