AN exhausted racehorse has collapsed and died, and another has broken its leg after running the two-mile Emirates Melbourne Cup this afternoon.
Japanese horse Admire Rakti – Caulfield Cup winner and Melbourne Cup favourite – collapsed in his stall after finishing last.
Vets have since confirmed to Channel Seven that the horse has passed away after suffering a suspected heart attack.
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An autopsy has been ordered and an investigation is underway with no further information available at this time.
Meanwhile, there are further reports of a second Melbourne Cup runner in trouble.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Araldo is fighting for his life after snapping his leg post race.
The horse was apparently returning to scale when he shied and shattered a cannon bone after a child waved a flag at him.
Vets are trying to save him.