"It's great that an English trainer has finally won this race".
McEvoy launched himself into rare company with his 2018 win, joining the likes of Glen Boss, Darby Munro and Damien Oliver as jockeys to win three Melbourne Cups.
On the injury sustained by The Cliffsofmoher, Joseph O'Brien - representing his father Aidan - said: "Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around a field at home".
In the hours after all eyes are focused on the Melbourne Cup, there comes the inevitable gaggle of punters whose eyes struggle to focus on anything at all.
British-born Araldo shattered his leg after being frightened by spectators; he was also put down in 2014.
"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".
The race was marred by the death of one of the entries, The Cliffsofmoher, who pulled up within the first 600m with a fractured right shoulder.
The Daily Telegraph has reported the star United Kingdom galloper had a fractured right shoulder and "could not be saved".
As the remaining 23 horses passed the post, The Cliffsofmoher received medical attention before vets determined it was "unable to be saved".
He said: "It was an unbelievable run - I'm completely speechless".
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.
Ladbrokes' website and app also went down in the run-up to last year's Melbourne Cup Day, setting off a storm of social media complaints from punters.
"Cliffsofmoher, he's melting like an ice-cream at the moment", Seven commentator Richard Freedman said.
Global or imported gallopers filled the first five placings in the Cup, with Marmelo justifying his strong support ($16 into $12) to grab second, ahead of A Prince Of Arran.