Melbourne Cup 2020: favourites, Tiger Moth, Prince Of Arran, Anthony Van Dyck, international horses, field


In what looks to be one of the strongest ever editions of the Melbourne Cup where French Group Two winners can’t even make the cut, the international raiders look to be in with a monster shout to land the $8 million race that stops the nation.

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Melbourne Cup 2020: Anthony Van Dyck dies, breaks down, finishing order, race replay, Hugh Bowman


One of the Melbourne Cup favourites, Anthony Van Dyck, has been euthanised after breaking down mid-race under champion jockey Hugh Bowman.

The Herald reports Bowman dismounted the horse immediately after pulling it up mid-race and the horse’s strapper “ran up the straight” to be with the runner.

The Aidan O’Brien trained horse began one of the genuine chances, rated about $10 with most bookmakers on about the second line of betting.

Two-time winning Melbourne Cup jockey Corey Brown was one expert to pick Anthony Van Dyck as his winner when he did the form guide for foxsports.com.au.

Anthony Van Dyck was carrying the top weight of 58.5 kilograms and jumped from barrier 3.





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Melbourne Cup: How many horses have died, deaths, injuries, Anthony Van Dyck, #NupToTheCup


There was an eerie silence at Flemington today for the Melbourne Cup with crowds banished due to Covid restrictions.

However, it was not just the pandemic that threatened to dampen the biggest day in the racing calendar.

Anti horseracing protests were expected again on Australia’s biggest racing day, spurred by the deaths of six horses on Cup day since 2013.

That number has now hit seven after Anthony Van Dyck was euthanised after breaking down in the race.

It was loaded into an ambulance at the track.





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Melbourne Cup 2020: Anthony Van Dyck, Lloyd Williams, horse death, Gerard Whateley


The Melbourne Cup has never looked more like a graveyard than it has in recent years — but the truth is even more frightening for international runners.

The disturbing statistics surrounding international raiders that have arrived in Melbourne for the Spring Carnival to pinch the Cup are now undeniable.

Overseas raiders have dominated the Melbourne Cup in recent years — and also the ambulances on their way to the Werribee Equine Centre after the race.

Eleven of the 12 placings in the past four runnings of the richest handicap race on the planet have come from overseas.

International runners also make up five of the seven deaths since 2013.



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Anthony Van Dyck, Lloyd Williams, horse death, Gerard Whateley


The Melbourne Cup has never looked more like a graveyard than it has in recent years — but the truth is even more frightening for international runners.

The disturbing statistics surrounding international raiders that have arrived in Melbourne for the Spring Carnival to pinch the Cup are now undeniable.

Overseas raiders have dominated the Melbourne Cup in recent years — and also the ambulances on their way to the Werribee Equine Centre after the race.

Eleven of the 12 placings in the past four runnings of the richest handicap race on the planet have come from overseas.

International runners also make up five of the seven deaths since 2013.

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Early Cup favourite Anthony Van Dyck joined the list on Tuesday when the four-year-old Lloyd Williams-owned horse broke down on the Flemington straight and had to be euthanised.

The bay stallion is the second horse in three years to die because of an injury sustained in the Melbourne Cup after Cliffs of Moher was euthanised in 2018. Both horses were trained by the same trainer, Aidan O’Brien.

The disturbing link between the deaths and the international entrances was spotted by Melbourne sports identity Gerard Whately on Wednesday in a moving column about the Cup’s bleak future on its current path.

As pointed out by the SEN radio commentator and Fox Footy host, the Cup’s most pressing issue is saving the international superstars that arrive in Australia for the riches of the Carnival and never return home.

Whateley wrote in a column for SEN, the price of international runners sent into quarantine at the Werribee International Horse Centre before the Cup only to die on the track is no longer acceptable.

“For the fifth time in eight years a horse died having run in the Melbourne Cup,” Whateley wrote.

“The best horse to set foot on Australian shores in almost two decades died on the Flemington track behind the screens opposite the Makybe statue. Thank god there was no one there to see it.

“The death of English Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck is devastating. What you will hear in response are statistics justifying the low mortality rate in Victorian racing, and this is true, and you will hear how wonderfully cared for racehorses are, and this is true, but the truth when it comes to the Melbourne Cup is hard and cold.

“Vareema, Admire Rakti, Red Cadeaux, The Cliffs of Moher and Anthony Van Dyck all died as a result of their participation in the race.

“All were international horses coming out of the quarantine centre at Werribee.

There’s not a scientist or mathematician in the world that wouldn’t recognise this as a cluster. It’s as upsetting as it is confronting and it’s worse than that. 29 horses arrived in Australia from overseas to contest this year’s Spring Carnival, three are dead and at least two others have suffered career-ending injuries. That’s a frightening toll.

“Dead horses were never part of the Melbourne Cup. If they were, the race would never have won its way into our national affection.”

Whateley said if Racing Victoria can’t take immediate and drastic action then it will be up to Victorian Racing and Sports Minister Martin Pakula to kick them out and re-build the Cup with officials that can keep the iconic 3200m race alive for the next generation.

There won’t be a next generation if nothing changes. Not for the Cup.

“So I want to be really clear about this and I will make no effort to disguise my anger and I will make not apology to those who will be affronted, the spate of deaths in recent Melbourne Cups is a national disgrace and is now beyond the point of crisis,” Whateley summed up.

His thoughts were echoed by Williams after the Cup when the larger-than-life owner opened up on the death of his horse Anthony Van Dyck — despite celebrating his $4.4 million payday on Cup winner Twilight Payment.

He said the way the Werribee quarantine facility is set up actually brings niggling injuries from horses to the surface before horses even race in Australia.

“Werribee’s starting to be a problem, I think,” Williams told Sportsday radio in the hours after Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.

“It’s showing up horses that might come to Werribee with little problems are going away with big problems. And we’ve seen a lot of that in the last five years, I suppose.

“It’s very sad, because we had a horse we owned that broke its shoulder in the Melbourne Cup three years ago and now this horse (Anthony Van Dyck has been euthanised) today. There’s been quite a lot of other horses lost as well.

“Whether you attribute that all to Werribee… horses could come out here from overseas with minor problems, and every horse that was going around in the Melbourne Cup today would have a minor problem.

“But it seems to be that when you get the minor problems and they get down to Werribee they are accentuated. The difficulty, it’s a very tight track … and as soon as you go out to the straight you go to a crossing.

“And when you have the crossings on tight tracks trouble’s going to occur eventually. We saw it unfortunately in the Bendigo Cup last Wednesday when that horse, Super Girl, broke down at the crossing going out of the straight.

“They eliminated the crossings at Flemington many years ago with tunnels, they did it at Caulfield. That’s the problem. When you go off that grass surface, hit a corner and they’re going flat out, and trouble happens.”

Racing Victoria’s integrity chief Jamie Stier said on Wednesday an investigation will be launched into the series of deaths in the Melbourne Cup in recent years.



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Melbourne Cup 2020: Anthony Van Dyck euthanised, Aidan O’Brien tribute


Anthony Van Dyck’s trainer has paid tribute to the celebrated racehorse, who was euthanised during Tuesday afternoon’s Melbourne Cup in Flemington.

Despite being one of the favourites to clinch victory, Anthony Van Dyck went lame on the straight after suffering a fractured fetlock. The horse was loaded into an ambulance before being put down.

The bay stallion is the second horse in three years to die because of an injury sustained in the Melbourne Cup after Cliffs of Moher was euthanised in 2018. Both horses were trained by the same trainer, Aidan O’Brien.

“He was a very kind, sound, lovely-natured horse – incredibly tough and genuine,” O’Brien said after Tuesday’s race.

“It was very sad to see that happen, it was just very unfortunate. He was a good Derby winner who we’ll have fond memories of.”

Anthony Van Dyck’s jockey Hugh Bowman was uninjured in the incident.

The Victorian Racing Club released a statement offering its condolences to Anthony Van Dyck’s connections.

“We would like to thank the track and veterinary staff for their prompt and humane care of the horse,” the VRC said.

“The club remains totally committed to the welfare of all equine athletes and the ongoing focus on their wellbeing and will continue to work with the industry to understand the cause of this incident.”

Originally published as Trainer speaks about horse’s death





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Melbourne Cup fancy Anthony Van Dyck euthanased after breaking down mid-race


Irish stallion Anthony Van Dyck has been euthanased after breaking down during today’s Melbourne Cup, which was won by Twilight Payment.

Anthony Van Dyck, one of the early favourites to take out the 2020 Melbourne Cup, pulled up with 350 metres to go.

He was loaded into a horse ambulance on the track.

Racing Victoria’s executive general manager of integrity services, Jamie Stier, said the stallion suffered a fractured fetlock and had to be euthanased.

“The horse received immediate veterinary care, however, he was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained,” Mr Stier said.

“Our sympathies are extended to the owners of Anthony Van Dyck, trainer Aidan O’Brien and all his staff who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss.”

A fatality report will now be prepared by the Racing Victoria integrity services team.

“The fatality report gives consideration to the circumstances of the incident and any potential learnings to assist in the prevention of similar injuries in the future,” Mr Stier said.

“The report will include the findings of a post-mortem which will now be conducted by the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic and we expect it will be several weeks before we have a completed report.”

Ireland’s Anthony Van Dyck entered the race as one of the most-fancied runners.(AAP: Vince Caliguiri, file photo)

The death of Anthony Van Dyck is the second racing fatality at Flemington Racecourse in 2020, in the 21 race meetings held at the track so far.

Other horses who have died on Melbourne Cup Day in recent years include The Cliffsofmoher in 2018 (broken shoulder), Verema (euthanased on track in 2013), Admire Rakti (suffered a heart attack in his stall in 2014), Araldo (euthanased after breaking his leg post-race in 2014), Red Cadeaux (euthanased two weeks after falling in 2015) and Regal Monarch (euthanased after a fall in Race Four of 2017).

The five-year-old stallion won the Epsom Derby last year and finished second in the Caufield Cup a fortnight ago.

The horse was carrying 58.5 kilograms and was being ridden by jockey Hugh Bowman, who was uninjured.

Twilight O’Brien, which was trained by Joseph O’Brien, was running in his second Melbourne Cup, having placed 11th last year.

Tiger Moth, trained by O’Brien’s father Aidan, finished second, with Prince of Arran placing for the third consecutive year.

Animal rights activists say death highlights ‘abusive’ racing industry

The Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi said Anthony Van Dyck’s death was a “tragic but hardly unforeseeable outcome”.

“Seven horses have now died as a result of the last eight Melbourne Cup races,” Senator Faruqi said.

“Horse racing is deadly and completely inhumane. We need to shut this industry down.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) spokeswoman Emily Rice said the horse was a victim of “the disgrace that stops the nation”.

“The reality of the abusive racing industry is that horses are made to run to the detriment of their health,” she said.

“Before they’ve even finished maturing, these 500-kilogram animals — supported on ankles as small as those of humans — are pushed past their limits, forced to race at breakneck speeds to the finishing line while being whipped.”

Ms Rice called for Anthony Van Dyck’s veterinary records to be released following the investigation.

Anti Melbourne Cup protester Kristin Leigh wearing a face mask that says "Nup to the Cup".
Kirsten Leigh was outside Flemington Racecourse after the death to protest against the horse racing industry.(ABC News)

Kristen Leigh from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses said the horses were viewed as objects to make a profit and were being pushed too hard.

“Victorians do know what’s happening and they do care,” she said.

“As much as people are going through hard times I still think they don’t want to see animals abused and being killed in the name of gambling products.

The Victoria Racing Club said it would continue to work with the industry to understand the cause of the incident.

“The Club remains totally committed to the welfare of all equine athletes and the ongoing focus on their wellbeing,” the VRC said on Twitter.

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Melbourne Cup 2020 horse dead, Anthony Van Dyck dies, Australia reacts


Anthony Van Dyck has been euthanised after breaking down in the Melbourne Cup.

The horse was one of the favourites heading into the race that stops the nation but went lame on the straight, suffering a fractured fetlock.

Jockey Hugh Bowman immediately dismounted and Anthony Van Dyck’s strapper ran out onto the track to be with him as staff erected screens to shield him from view.

The horse was loaded into an ambulance before being put down.

Anthony Van Dyck is the second horse in three years to die because of an injury sustained in the Melbourne Cup after Cliffsofmoher was euthanised in 2018. Both horses were trained by the same trainer, Aidan O’Brien.

Racing Victoria’s (RV) Executive General Manager of Integrity Services, Jamie Stier, confirmed Anthony Van Dyck’s death in a statement after the race.

“It is with sadness that we confirm that Anthony Van Dyck had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured fetlock during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington,” Stier said.

“The horse received immediate veterinary care, however he was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained.

“Our sympathies are extended to the owners of Anthony Van Dyck, trainer Aidan O’Brien and all his staff who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss.”

Stier explained a report will now be prepared by RV’s Integrity Services team.

“The report will include the findings of a post-mortem which will now be conducted by the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic and we expect it will be several weeks before we have a completed report for consideration,” he said.

Viewers were devastated by the news. Simon Clare tweeted: “Poor Anthony Van Dyck. That was tough to watch.”

Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi wrote: “Horrific news … This is why we say ‘nup’ to the cup.”

The Victorian Racing Club released a statement offering its condolences to Anthony Van Dyck’s connections.

“We would like to thank the track and veterinary staff for their prompt and humane care of the horse,” the VRC said.

“The club remains totally committed to the welfare of all equine athletes and the ongoing focus on their wellbeing and will continue to work with the industry to understand the cause of this incident.”

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Anthony Van Dyck is the seventh horse to die on Melbourne Cup day since 2013 and there has been a huge social media push against this year’s race, with the hashtag #NupToTheCup quickly trending.

Two years ago the Cup was rocked by the death of Cliffsofmoher — who was euthanised in front of the grandstand crowd after the horse broke its shoulder.

That followed these deaths in Melbourne Cup day races:

In 2013, Verema was euthanised after snapping a bone in her leg.

In 2014, Admire Rakti collapsed and died in his stall after a race and Araldo broke a leg and was euthanised.

In 2015, Red Cadeaux broke his left foreleg, was rushed to the vet for surgery and was euthanised some days later.

In 2016, Regal Monarch died after a dramatic mid-race fall.

Twilight Payment won this year’s Melbourne Cup, followed by Tiger Moth (second), Prince Of Arran (third) and The Chosen One (fourth).

Anthony Van Dyck was the favourite for much of Sunday evening and Monday morning before pushing out from $8 to $10 on race day. He was in good form heading into the Melbourne Cup, finishing second in this year’s Caulfield Cup

Punters flocked to Tiger Moth as the fancied Irish Raider entered the race as the clear favourite, but he couldn’t haul in Twilight Payment at the end.

Twilight Payment was a big mover in the betting market, shortening from $41 to $21 before settling at $26, making those who backed him extremely happy.



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Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien’s bid for Melbourne Cup with Anthony Van Dyck and Tiger Moth alive despite mixed barrier draw


Master Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien will have two of the Melbourne Cup’s hottest favourites running on Tuesday, but their fortunes have been shaped by a mixed barrier draw.

Anthony Van Dyck drew gate three, while Tiger Moth claimed barrier 23. After the draw Tiger Moth lost outright favouritism, drifting from $7 to $8, as stablemate Anthony Van Dyck firmed from $9 into $8.

That pair joined the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet, who drew barrier 14, as equal favourites.

The TAB’s Adam Hamilton has predicted Anthony Van Dyck is likely to start favourite as a result of the draw.

“Of the three most-fancied runners, Anthony Van Dyck was the best served at the draw and he’s likely to start favourite as a result,” Hamilton said.

Last year Surprise Baby drew barrier 20 when he finished an unlucky fifth, but this year drew favourably in barrier seven and is considered by bookmakers a good chance.

The Danny O’Brien-trained Vow And Declare won the Cup from barrier 21 last year and has drawn barrier four for his title defence.

O’Brien’s three other runners drew out with Miami Bound in barrier 13, Russian Camelot in barrier 16 and King Of Leogrance gate 18.

Omen punters would have noted that Jamie Kah, who rides Prince Of Arran, drew barrier one, which was the same alley as the only successful woman jockey Michelle Payne won from when she scored aboard Prince Of Penzance in 2015.

Joseph O’Brien’s Melbourne Cup starters Master Of Reality and Twilight Payment drew alongside each other in barriers 11 and 12 respectively.

Star jockey James McDonald was thrilled with Finche’s barrier draw in six.

“From that draw he should be able to get into a good rhythm. I should be able to put him in a good spot and there should be no excuses,” McDonald said.

The Chris Waller-trained Finche will be contesting his third Melbourne Cup having finished fourth in 2018 and seventh last year.

Finche is a $15 chance while stablemate and Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant is at $13 after coming up with barrier 15.

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