Two horses have died for the sake of entertainment 359



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Another Melbourne Cup has gone by, and my Facebook wall is full of pictures of people who have had a delightful day of dressing up, dining out and enjoying themselves.  Meanwhile, two horses are dead, all in the name of entertainment.  It’s heartbreaking that we can look back at this race, and see three of the world’s best racing horses over two years become memories and go on without change?  Or is it?  If it was a person who had died, just one of them, we would be launching enquiries, investigations and seeking out change.  But if we are dealing with horses, we all hold our heads to the side, feel a little sad, then move on.

In the last few hours, Racing Victoria has confirmed that Araldo has been humanely euthanised this evening following the freak accident after the race that saw him break a leg after being spooked by a fan waving a flag.  And this is on top of the favourite today Admire Ratki who died in the stall immediately after the race.

I for one feel saddened that a day that has brought so many people so much joy has this much impact on the sporting competitors.  And that’s what they are… competitors.  If there had been two deaths in the Surf Lifesaving championship, or the AFL Grand Final, imagine the furore.

It was only a year ago, just after Fiorente won the 2013 Melbourne Cup that French horse Verema was euthanised after breaking a bone in her leg.  Apparently this is an acceptable part of horse racing.  Until today, after this littering of bad news, I guess I had never stopped to think about it.

The horses can be sacrificial, if the people are entertained. Is this how we look at it or is it time for more thought?  Now I’m no activist, just a realist that likes to think through both sides of a topic and find out what everyone else thinks… So I ask you today to share your thoughts.

These horses are the best in the world, worth well more than a million dollars each going into the race apparently.  If they win, the prize on Melbourne Cup day is $6.2 Million plus a lifetime of premier breeding rights. Surely their owners have more at stake than a one in 24 chance of death, which odds are stacking up as in the last two years.

Animal rights activist groups have come out fighting against cruelty to horses, saying the industry has no mercy for these animals after they have finished providing their entertainment.

And Twitter feeds are full of a wide variety of opinions. Fact is, we know people won’t stop horse racing, there is too much money at stake, but is there learnings from today, and the death of three racehorses in two years in our biggest race? Or is it just part of the sport?

Share your thoughts today…



Before the race this hopeful tweet went out about the Caulfield Cup winner Admire Ratki.

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. This is so wrong !!!!! Two horses died and all we hear about in the news is about the dresses and the hats and who was where. Is there anything we can do about it ?

  2. Such a sad ending to what I have always considered a great race. My feelings about this have taken a battering today due to the death of these two beautiful magnificent creatures. They were doing what was asked of them by us humans, is this the way it should be? perhaps not.

  3. Let’s not forget the two jockeys who died recently. They had a choice, unlike the horses but it is a dangerous industry with the sole purpose of making money.

  4. I’m sure there are many who are distraught at what happened. Dont try to be dramatic & claim no one cares. Horses also die in the wild, in paddocks, dressage, show jumping etc. They are living things just like us. We die also if you havent noticed

  5. Sure makes having fun – and in our area at least, it was a family thing – on Halloween seem a much better way to spend one’s time.

  6. over 100 horses have died in this “industry” in the last year, yes it is time to look at the risks to the animals.

  7. Are you sure that TWO have passed on

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