Racing Victoria has announced changes to procedures for the remainder of the Melbourne Cup Carnival — after the death of Araldo — the horse that broke a leg after being spooked by a flag.
Traditionally, the winner of a Group 1 race has been walked by the winning owners down the pathway to the mounting yard with other runners walking closely behind. In all other races, horses are free to trot back to the mounting yard ahead of the winner.
For the remainder of the Carnival, the winner of the Group 1 races will be led directly from the track to the mounting yard via the clock tower gate. All others races will remain as is.
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Flags bigger than one metre will also be banned from the track