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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