Melbourne - Three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux has been euthanised
following injuries the gelding received in this year's race, Victoria
Racing said on Saturday.
The English 10-year-old, trained by Ed Dunlop, failed to finish in
Australia's biggest race at Flemington on November 3 after fracturing
his left fore fetlock.
Initial fears about Red Cadeaux's welfare appeared to have been allayed following immediate veterinary treatment and surgery.
But it was announced on Saturday that because of a loss of blood flow
to Red Cadeaux's foot on the left foreleg and no prospect of correcting
the issue, the decision was made to put down the chestnut galloper.
The horse's final resting place will be at Melbourne's Flemington
Racecourse, following a request from owner Ronnie Arculli, Victoria
"This is my saddest day in racing. Red Cadeaux was a much-loved
member of our family and my thoughts are with his owner Mr. Arculli and
my staff, who spent every day caring for this horse," Dunlop said in a
"Unfortunately the complication was irreversible and the decision to
euthanise the horse, whilst terribly hard, was made in his best
"Red Cadeaux has given us and the racing public so much joy competing
with great distinction across the world. He was an incredibly tough
competitor with a wonderful nature and he will be dearly missed by all."
Red Cadeaux endeared himself to Australian racing fans with second
placings in the Melbourne Cup in 2011, 2013 and last year, having come
within a whisker of claiming the prize four years ago when nosed out by
Michelle Payne made history as the first female jockey to win
Australia's 154-year-old Melbourne Cup when she rode 100-1 outsider
Prince of Penzance to a shock win earlier this month.