Horse race’s grim toll grows with another death, all in the name of money
Activists are outraged after stallion Anthony Van Dyck was put down on Tuesday, the seventh since 2013
The death of Epsom Derby-winner Anthony Van Dyck cast a pall over the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, angering animal rights activists, while highlighting the growing toll of Australia’s most prestigious horse race.
Carrying top weight in the gruelling 3.2km handicap, the Aidan O’Brien-trained horse broke down with 350m to run on a hot afternoon at Flemington Racecourse and was put down by vets soon after Twilight Payment’s victory.
The five-year-old stallion was the second horse prepared by master trainer O’Brien and owned by breeding giant Coolmore Stud to be euthanised after pulling up lame in the “race that stops the nation”...