Racing Official fires back after protests over Melbourne Cup deaths

Favorite Admire Rakti from Japan (pictured), who fell back in the field and finished last, collapsed and died in his stall following the race.  Sixth-place finisher Araldo was euthanized after he broke his cannon bone when spooked by a flag-waving fan.
Favorite Admire Rakti from Japan (pictured), who fell back in the field and finished last, collapsed and died in his stall following the race. Sixth-place finisher Araldo was euthanized after he broke his cannon bone when spooked by a flag-waving fan.

(Nov. 4, 2014) — After the Melbourne Cup was marred by the deaths of two horses, animal activists protested outside Flemington Race Course, an action deemed “exploitive and ghoulish” by the head of the Australian Racing Board.

Favorite Admire Rakti from Japan, who fell back in the field and finished last, collapsed and died in his stall following the race. Sixth-place finisher Araldo was euthanized after he broke his cannon bone when spooked by a flag-waving fan as the horse returned to the mounting enclosure. It was the third death in two years at the Melbourne Cup — last year, French mare Varema snapped a cannon bone during the event.

“We are distraught to learn of another horse dying at the Melbourne Cup,” said Ward Young, a spokesman for the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, which led the protests outside the racing venue. “These events are more common then we would like to believe.”

Australian Racing Board chief executive Peter McGauran responded: “It is exploitive and ghoulish in the extreme for the animal rights groups to seize on the death of this beloved animal to make a political point. I witnessed the owner of Admire Rakti almost collapse with grief, he was deeply distressed, he loved the animal, it was perfectly fit and healthy before the race.”

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3 thoughts on “Racing Official fires back after protests over Melbourne Cup deaths”

  1. “After the Melbourne Cup was marred by the deaths of two horses, animal activists protested outside Flemington Race Course, an action deemed “exploitive and ghoulish” by the head of the Australian Racing Board.” Hypocrisy ! To pretend that these horses died as if from natural causes rather than from the exploitive conditions of horse racing is what is behind this hypocritical statement by the Australian Racing Board. It is not a “tragedy” meaning an unavoidable natural death which these horses suffered. It was wrongful killing because it was caused by the nature of an industry whose profit is based on the suffering and death of horses. Therefore it is quite proper to protest them.

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  2. I have the ONLY Entire Grandson of EAGLING, his name is ULTIMO RAE out of OCTICKLE. Ultimo Rae’s Sire is my Stallion TARQUIN SILK by STEADY EDDY. Tarquin Silk’s Dam was EUREKA GIRL by Loving Jim. How about that Ultimo Rae is a 7yr old now unbroken. NO MONEY ha ha

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