After breaking his leg during the race, one of the favourites for the 2020 Melbourne Cup, Anthony Van Dyck, was euthanized.
Australian champion Hugh Bowman was riding the Irish five-year-old and struggled on Tuesday to finish the race at Flemington Racecourse.
After rounding the final curve, the Aidan O’Brien-trained stallion appeared distressed and pulled up lame on the home straight.
The horse fell off the back of the pack, and as the race continued, it could be seen leaping into the air — he was loaded into an ambulance on the track before he died.
“It is with sadness that we confirm that Anthony Van Dyck had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured fetlock during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington,” Racing Victoria general manager Jamie Stier said.
“The horse received immediate veterinary care, however he was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained.
“Our sympathies are extended to the owners of Anthony Van Dyck, trainer Aidan O’Brien and all his staff who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss.”
Anthony Van Dyck has been humanely euthanised after sustaining a fracture to his fetlock.
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“He was unable to be saved and has been humanely euthanased after a freak accident in a frack to his fetlock. The vets did everything they could to take away any pain,” a commentator said on the broadcast.
The death of Anthony Van Dyck is no "freak accident". A horse dies *at least* once every 3 days in Australian racing. The risk is known, but deemed to be a risk worth taking in the pursuit of gambling profits.#NuptotheCup #MelbourneCup
— Animals Australia (@AnimalsAus) November 3, 2020