Red Cadeaux euthanised following Melbourne Cup injury

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.

Jockey Gerald Mosse was devastated after Red Cadeaux's injury in the Melbourne Cup. Image: Facebook/Red Cadeaux

Jockey Gerald Mosse was devastated after Red Cadeaux’s injury in the Melbourne Cup.
Image: Facebook/Red Cadeaux


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He had surgery at the Werribee clinic, but suffered complications, including a lack of blood flow in his injured leg.

Red Cadeaux was on the mend following surgery, but has suffered complications. Image: Facebook/Red Cadeaux

Red Cadeaux was on the mend following surgery, but has suffered complications.
Image: Facebook/Red Cadeaux

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.

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This is so incredibly tragic and an awful reminder of the true cost of the race that stops not only the nation but the life of this beautiful, noble animal in the prime of his life. Hope it was worth it.