In 2014, two horses - Admire Rakti and Araldo - died after sustaining race-related injuries. And there was the year two horses died at the Cup. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia. 'The Race That Stops a Nation' is under extreme scrutiny this year, due to the death of six horses in the past six Cups. "I don't think anyone's got any problems with horses that have been purchased overseas (and) brought here, where the owners support the local industry here," Freedman said. Last year, the Cup was rocked when Cliffsofmoher was euthanised in front of the grandstand crowd after the horse broke its shoulder. Racing Victoria is to invest $25 million into off-the-track welfare initiatives. Cliffsofmoher pulls up at the back of the field after breaking down during the 2018 Melbourne Cup. Picture: Jean-Baptiste Lacroix/AFPSource:AFP. Or horses for that matter. "The thing that there is a bit of negativity about is these FIFO horses that come in, they're foreign-owned, they're foreign-trained for one race and then they go home. In 2015, Red Cadeaux met the same fate. An ABC investigation is putting the heat on the NSW Racing industry, as it denies the scale of the carnage. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia. He said the drive to find the latest genetically-gifted horse racing was fuelling the problem exposed by the report and that 35 percent of the horses breed for racing never made it to the track. He said there were invested interests keeping the numbers high, motivated by money. Dulcify reportedly died at 5.40pm and was taken to Newmarket saleyards, across Epsom Street from an abattoir, where he was dumped in a pen next to a dead sheep. A horse euthanised behind screens in front of the Flemington crowd. "What's particularly appalling about this is that these are not feral animals that must be herded and pushed and dragged because they are intractable - these are trained former racehorses that could have been led gently with a head collar to their demise," he told Checkpoint. Then last month an ABC investigation revealed retired thoroughbreds were being abused and slaughtered for pet food. Instead, they were dragged and beaten in distressing states. But even then Ms Leonard says not everyone will be persuaded. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. Frederick Standish, member of the Victorian Turf Club and steward on the day of the first Cup, was credited with forming the idea to hold a horse race and calling it the "Melbourne Cup". This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission. Ms Cook is part of a growing group of Australians — many of them Millennials — who are registering their disenchantment with Australia’s biggest race day. Red Cadeaux was the fourth horse to die in the last four years of the Melbourne Cup, Australia's famous - in some ways infamous - horse race, which takes place in November each year. And if they can avoid it by doing CT scans, that's great. Disquiet over the treatment of racehorses has proved a PR nightmare for the Cup. An anti Cup event is to be held at Sydney's Newtown Hotel.Source:Supplied. The last Australian horse to die in the Melbourne Cup was New Zealand-bred Dulcify, owned by Adelaide-based trainer Colin Hayes. "Bringing them (foreign horses) has increased the visibility of those injuries, because it has happened to them. Whatever the science, the spate of deaths among foreign horses compared to Australian thoroughbreds suggest that local animals are less likely to be harmed while running the Melbourne Cup. A report from market researchers Roy Morgan shows a decline in audience especially among younger people. The regular appearance of the dreaded green curtain has outraged many on recent Cup days, when millions of non-racing people are watching the sport. Big name celebrities have also had second thoughts about the event. I realised I couldn’t.”, What people want to see at the Melbourne Cup. Vicky Leonard, managing director of a marketing company focused on racing, said the industry needs to “fling the doors open” and highlight the positive aspects of racing as well as the work it was doing on animal welfare. “I used to attend the races, I had a membership pass and I would get dressed up. 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The popularity of the Melbourne Cup has been declining, on TV at least, for years. Even seasoned racing supporters — trainers, jockeys and owners — found the footage confronting and called for changes in a bid to maintain the popularity of the sport. Pressure group the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses lists dozens of “Nup to the Cup” events in bars and pubs around Australia that in previous years would have keenly been running Cup Day lunches. It has long been a common practice, however; the first-ever foreign winner of the Cup, Irish stayer Vintage Crop (1993), went straight into the race after travelling to Australia. An undercurrent of anti-racing sentiment has been on the rise after the deaths of six horses in the Cup since 2013 — a tragic statistic seized on by protesters.
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