The Melbourne Cup is one of those days when everyone just can’t help but get involved.

The frocks are fabulous, the headwear is taken to new heights, and the champagne? Oh you better believe it’s flowing.

It’s for this reason that it’s so hard to hear that while we’re having such a fabulous time, a beloved animal, an asset to this glorious celebration is suffering.

Melbourne Cup legend, Red Cadeaux was rushed to a veterinary clinic upon the conclusion of today’s famous race. According to a report on SMH, Trainer Ed Dunlop feared he would never see the horse alive again.

“I thought he was going to be put down,” said Mr Dunlop. “At this stage he hasn’t. Obviously he’s immediately retired.

“He’s in great hands and we will do whatever is best for the horse. It’s a bad injury, but it should be repairable.”

Frighteningly for the crowd, Red Cadeaux broke down in the final stages of this year’s race and green screens were erected around the horse following the cup as vets assessed the damage and loaded him into an ambulance, which sparked a huge roar from the crowd.


Racing Victoria vets said Red Cadeaux had sustained a fracture to his medial sesamoid in his left fore fetlock.

According to the same report on SMH, Red Cadeaux’s leg has been placed in a splint and the horse is reported to be comfortable having been given medication and pain relief.

Mr Dunlop said he and his team would be doing everything in their power to ensure that the horse makes a full recovery.

Source: SMH

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