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Melbourne Cup Favourite Red Cadeaux Seriously Injured During Race

UPDATE: Red Cadeaux will not be euthanised.

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UPDATE: Red Cadeaux will not need to be euthanised after pulling up lame during Tuesday's Melbourne Cup, but he will never race again.

“When I was on the grass, I thought we wouldn’t see him alive again. He’s alive and well, that’s all I want to say," trainer Ed Dunlop told News Corp.

“I thought he was going to be put down. At this stage he hasn’t, he was obviously immediately retired. If the guys do their job, he’ll have a very happy retirement.”

Earlier: There are grave fears for Melbourne Cup favourite Red Cadeaux after hey pulled up lame before the finish line.

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The 10-year-old Melbourne Cup legend pulled up on the straight near the end of the 3200m race in serious trouble, failing to finish the race.

Red Cadeaux was pulled up near winning post. Jockey Gerald Mosse very distressed returning to mounting yard. Will wait for more. Thoughts.

Early on there were reports the horse was still able to walk, but these were countered with others claiming he had suffered a serious leg injury.

Red Cadeaux reportedly been taken to a vet near the track. Was able to walk into trailer. Fingers crossed he's alright.


Red Cadeaux was then taken in an ambulance to Werribee vet for assessment and treatment, with owner Ronald Arculli telling Racing Post “we are waiting for the vets’ reports but it’s not looking good.”

Flemington Racecourse confirmed via Twitter that Red Cadeaux had suffered a possible fetlock injury.

We confirm Red Cadeaux incurred a suspected fetlock injury during the Emirates Melbourne Cup & has been taken to vet clinic for assessment.

The fetlock is a joint in the leg of a horse and can be injured in a number of ways, each with varying levels of seriousness.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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