Anthony Van Dyck: The tragedy leads to the Melbourne Cup again when the horse is euthanized in the Melbourne Cup

Tragedy struck the Melbourne Cup again after one of the pre-race favorites, Anthony Van Dyck, was euthanized after walking straight into the home at Flemington Racecourse.

The five year old Irish stallion suffered a broken ankle in the last corner and pulled. The horse, ridden by Hugh Bowman and owned by Aidan O’Brien, was taken off the track in an ambulance and later dropped off.

“We are sad to confirm that Anthony Van Dyck was put to sleep after a broken ankle during the Melbourne Cup race in Flemington,” said Racing Victoria’s Jamie Stier.

“The horse received immediate veterinary care, but could not be saved due to the nature of the injury.

“Our condolences go to the owners of Anthony Van Dyck, trainer Aidan O’Brien and all of his staff who have taken care of the horse and are very sad about their loss.”

The horse is the seventh to die since 2013 after the Melbourne Cup. Rostropovich suffered a fractured pelvis in the 2019 race and recovered.

The death is the second in Flemington this year, with an average of two fatal racing accidents per year in flat racing. Peta, the animal rights activist, claims 116 horses died on Australian racetracks.

The RSPCA said in a statement that there are animal welfare issues inherent in horse racing, and called for a review of industry practices.

“Whenever there is an adverse outcome for an animal, we expect the industry to conduct a full review to identify areas for improvement to avoid unnecessary injury or trauma in the future,” said Dr. Liz Walker, CEO of RSPCA Victoria.

“There are numerous risks to horses in racing and this very unfortunate incident shows that the industry must work towards better welfare of the animals used in the sport.”

Anti-cruelty rallies are held annually around the Melbourne Cup. This year, horse-headed protesters were represented in front of the Victoria Racing Club with signs saying “Nup to the Cup” and “Wetten, Sie die”.

Concerns that Anthony Van Dyck, who weighed 58.5kg, could not win the race were dismissed the day before the race.

The Caulfield Cup runner-up and last year’s English Derby winner arrived in Melbourne hoping to bring O’Brien his first Melbourne Cup win.

O’Brien also lost a horse in 2018 when the Cliffsofmoher was knocked down after a broken shoulder.

Horses are usually dumped after injuries that usually do not pose a threat to human life. There are a number of reasons for this, mostly because they cannot recover.

Horses have less bone mass, and when a break occurs, the bone breaks, making repair difficult. Even if the bone improves, there is a risk that the bone will become deformed and unable to support weight, and the horse is likely to be in severe pain.

The Racing Victoria Integrity Services team is now preparing a death report.

“The death report takes into account the circumstances of the incident and possible findings to prevent similar injuries in the future,” said Stier.

“The report will include the results of an autopsy now being carried out by the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic. We anticipate it will be a few weeks before we have a full report for review.”


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