In the last seven years of the Melbourne Cup, seven horses have died.  All have been international racers.  Following pressure by Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses and other anti-racing advocates Racing Victoria has now mandated a lengthy list of new regulations, including CT scans, to try to preserve the lives of racehorses – and their own reputation.

Below is a list of the horses killed on the racetrack during the 12 month 19/20 racing year just prior to the death of 2020 Melbourne Cup runner Anthony Van Dyck (cover photo).  Anthony Van Dyck’s death saw a storm of publicity, but who knows the names of these horses?   And many more who were injured on the track would have been killed behind the scenes and never reported.


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