LESS than three weeks after suffering an injury in the Melbourne Cup, English horse Red Cadeaux has had to be euthanised.
The three-time runner-up broke down during the race that stops the nation earlier this month.
He had surgery at the Werribee clinic, but suffered complications, including a lack of blood flow in his injured leg.
The Victorian Racing Club has issued a statement saying it is “extremely saddened by the passing of Red Cadeaux”.
“First and foremost, our thoughts are with all those who loved Red, especially his trainer Ed Dunlop, constant travelling companions, Robin Trevor-Jones and Steve Nicholson, and owner Ronnie Arculli.
“The loss of a horse is always particularly sad. Very few horses have endeared themselves to the Australian public like Red Cadeaux, ensuring the impact is only further and more acutely felt.
“He was the first international horse to contest five Emirates Melbourne Cups, a race he seemed to reserve his best performances for with three second placings. He just loved Australia and Australia certainly loved him.”
Owner Ronald Arculli has requested Red Cadeaux be buried at Flemington racecourse.