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    7 Heartbreaking Cases Of Horses That Have Been Euthanised After Racing At The Melbourne Cup

    Think twice before you spend your money at the races.

    Every year on the first Tuesday of November, Australia and the world turn to Melbourne for the biggest horse race of the year — the Melbourne Cup.

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    The Melbourne Cup has been held every year since 1861.

    What most people see are the floral dresses, the elaborate head pieces and, of course, the drunken race-goers spending a day enjoying the springtime sun. But we often turn a blind eye to the absolute horror that the horses face.

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    149 horses have died on Aussie racetracks over the past racing year. That's a ridiculous number of casualties for the benefit of the gambling industry, don't you think?

    Since 2013, seven horses have died after racing in the cup, which is absolutely horrific. Unfortunately, they're often forgotten by the following year when racing enthusiasts begin to bid on who they believe will be a winner.

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    It's truly barbaric when you think about it. And yet? Every year the races go on with huge crowds showing up to participate. 

    The fact of the matter is, horse racing kills. And on the day of Australia's most famous race, I've decided to remind you all of the beautiful beasts who've lost their lives.

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    It's about time we boycott the races and let horses be horses. 

    In 2013, French horse Verema was euthanised after snapping a bone on the lower part of their leg during the race.

    Christophe Lemaire riding Verema walks out for the start of race 7 the Emirates Melbourne Cup during Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 5, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
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    In 2014, Japanese horse Admire Rakti collapsed after finishing last when they returned to their stall.

    Zac Purton and Admire Rakti leave the track after finishing last during the Emirates Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
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    In the same year, German horse Araldo was frightened by a couple waving an Australian flag and broke their leg — resulting in them being euthanised six hours after the race.

    Dwayne Dunn riding Araldo finishes 7th in race 7 the Emirates Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
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    In 2015, British horse Red Cadeaux broke their leg during the 7th race and was rushed to surgery — but euthanised a few days later.

    Red Cadeaux, riden by Gerald Mosse, is attended to by track staff after breaking down during race seven, the Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 3, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.
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    In 2017, Regal Monarch suffered a fatal fall during the 4th race. They were then transported to a veterinary clinic and subsequently euthanised.

    Jockey Joao Moreira lays on the ground after Regal Monarch fell in race 4 the Ronald McDonald House Charities Plate during Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 7, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.
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    In 2018, Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher shattered their shoulder and collapsed, resulting in them being euthanised.

    Ryan Moore checks Cliffs Of Moher who broke down in the first lap in race 7 the Lexus Melbourne Cup during Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 6, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.
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    And finally, Irish horse Anthony Van Dyck was euthanised in 2020 after a fetlock fracture caused them to break down during the race.

    Horses in the mounting before the Lexus Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 03, 2020 in Flemington, Australia.
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    This year, instead of putting your money on a Melbourne Cup bet, consider donating to save the lives of horses destined for slaughter through the Save A Horse charity or adding your signature to support a proposed bill to protect racehorses.