Tragedy In Melbourne Cup: Favorite Admire Rakti and Araldo Dead After Race

Melbourne Cup

Trainer Umeda distressed after learning of Admire Rakti’s death

In separate incidents, two horse participating in the Melbourne Cup, Admire Rakti and Araldo died after the race.

The pre-race favorite Japanese raider Admire Rakti collapsed as soon as he returned to his stable, and died after racing in the Melbourne Cup. The $5.50 favorite horse, had won the Caulfield Cup only two weeks ago and owner Riichi Kondo had only decided at the last moment to put the horse in the Melbourne Cup after threatening to remove his name if excessive weight penalty was given to him. Unfortunately, the race became the last race for the speedster.

Jockey Zac Purton revealed that he had felt that Admire Rakti wasn’t in a good condition from the morning. “He wasn’t the same horse today,” Purton said.
“I got in to a nice spot, he relaxed really well, I was happy with the way the race was unfolding,” he added.
Obviously when he didn’t start towing me in to the race I knew there was something wrong with him.”
“I didn’t know it was as bad as it was, of course I eased him down, the horses welfare always comes first.”
“He gave me a great thrill at Caulfield, for this to happen to him, it is not fair.”
“I didn’t think they would beat me, I thought I would win today the whole way through the run I thought I would win too.”
“I didn’t think they would beat me in the run.”

Araldo Incident

The Mike Moroney trained Araldo was euthanized tonight after breaking a pastern in his off hind, in a freak accident. The horse met with the accident after it was spooked by a member among the audience who was waving a big Australian flag and put his leg over a rail while being paraded. Jockey Dwayne Dunn revealed the details of the accident. “There’s a bit of timber underneath the roses and he got his foot over that and in between the rail.”
“He twisted badly on it,” Dunn said.
“I thought he had shifted a shoe and it was sticking in his foot, but obviously it was more than that.”

The incidents have triggered widespread condemnation in the way the Australian racing industry treats horses and how it ignores the safety of its owners while only thinking about the entertainment of punters. Races Australia expresses its condolences towards the departed horses.


James is an Australian Horse Racing enthusiast and latest news reporter

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