by Allanah Leahy – EM TV Online
In a tragic twist of events at the 2014 Melbourne Cup, Admire Rakti, the horse that placed last in the race died moments after its end, becoming the second horse in a row to die at the Melbourne Cup.
Admire Rakti, referred to as the top choice for the win, collapsed at the stalls only five minutes after finishing last.
The cause of the collapse and death, as verified by veterinary surgeons, was from either a massive heart attack or internal bleeding.
According to Australian newspaper The Age, Admire Rakti had weakened significantly, staggering to the line in last place. An autopsy is to be conducted.
Spokesman of the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, Ward Young told the Australian Associated Press (AAP) that Admire Rakti’s death marks another example of horses being overlooked on the racetrack.
“We are distraught to learn of another horse dying at the Melbourne Cup,” he said. “These events are more common than we would like to believe.”