Tragic End To Melbourne Cup With One Horse Put Down
The Melbourne Cup should be a day filled with celebration but this year it has ended in tragedy after a horse that fell during race number four had to be put down.
Regal Monarch was taken to Werribee Veterinary Hospital after falling during a race and sustaining injuries at Flemington on tuesday.
Racing Victoria's chief vet Grace Forbes said that the horse could not be saved and had to be euthanised.
"It is with sadness that we can confirm that the horse has been humanely euthanized on veterinary advice as a result of the injuries sustained, she said."
"Our sympathies are extended at this time to the owners of Regal Monarch, trainer Chris Waller, and his staff who cared deeply for their horse and are naturally devastated by their loss."
The jockey who was riding the horse, Joao Moreira, was not seriously injured during the fall, however, he was unable to partake in the main race.
The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses have released a statement demanding for changes to be made in the industry.
"It's time for the racing industry to ban the whip and phase out 2-year-old racing so that racehorses aren't overworked and over-exerted," said the campaign director Elio Celotto in the statement.