CELEBRATIONS took a sad turn at Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup following the tragic death of two of the competing horses.
Race favourite Admire Rakti is believed to have fallen victim to sudden death syndrome, with early autopsy reports looking like the animal may have suffered a heart attack.
Fellow competitor Araldo was also put down after suffering a shattering in his hind leg.
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It’s been revealed he ran into a fence after he was spooked by a young fan waving an Australian flag.
The deaths have prompted calls for more to be done to protect horses in the racing industry.