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Talking Horses: Melbourne Cup angst at fatalities among overseas raiders

The Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck is the sixth horse to die after taking part in the Melbourne Cup since 2013 and concern is mountingControversy and recrimination once more featured in the aftermath to the Melbourne Cup, Tuesday’s running of the famous…

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Anthony Van Dyck: tragedy again mars Melbourne Cup as horse euthanised

One of pre-race favourites suffers fractured fetlockHorse becomes seventh to perish at Cup since 2013Tragedy again struck the Melbourne Cup after one of the pre-race favourites, Anthony Van Dyck, was euthanised after breaking down entering the home str…

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Twilight Payment holds off Tiger Moth to win 2020 Melbourne Cup

Owner Lloyd Williams claims a seventh Cup win Anthony van Dyck euthanised after breaking downJoseph O’Brien got the better of his father for a second time at the Melbourne Cup as Twilight Payment put in a stunning display to win the race’s 160th runnin…

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Melbourne Cup 2020: buildup to the race, form guide, tips and more – live!

Updates from a public-free Flemington RacecourseAny thoughts? Email or tweet @emmavkemp 12.40am GMT Important to note this whole ridiculous palaver is happening mere days after allegations in Victorian parliament suggesting the slaughter of unwanted th…

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Melbourne Cup: only a horse race can stop a nation already on pause | Scott Heinrich

This first Tuesday in November will be unlike any other, but in some ways it will be business as usualTo death and taxes you can add Australian horse racing. It is arguable no sport has been confronted with as many challenges – many of them self-inflic…

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Talking Horses: will Frankie Dettori ever win a Melbourne Cup?

The Italian jockey is now 0-17 in ‘the race that stops a nation’ and came away with a ban for the second time in five yearsFrankie Dettori came heartbreakingly close to a first success in the Melbourne Cup but, instead of lifting the trophy, he ended h…

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Vow And Declare gives Australia famous Melbourne Cup victory

Australian born-and-bred horse wins $8m CupMaster of Reality loses second place after protestRostropovich reportedly suffers cracked pelvisThe international raiders were no match for homegrown stayer Vow And Declare, who flew the flag for Australia to …

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Melbourne Cup 2019 live: horses, form guide, fashion, protests and tips – latest updates!

Updates on the build-up to the big race at FlemingtonAny thoughts? Email or tweet @scott_heinrich 12.07am GMT The Guardian’s Luke Henriques-Gomes is at Flemington today and will be keeping us up to date with news, tidbits and goings-on at the track. An…

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Melbourne Cup parade: angry protesters say ‘nup to the cup’

Animal rights campaigners say anyone going to the races is ‘complicit’ in animal abuse as thousands gather to watch the paradeHundreds of people angry about the treatment of former racehorses have protested as thousands turned out in the rain to watch …

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Times are changing with unprecedented scrutiny on 2019 Melbourne Cup | Scott Heinrich

A spate of horse deaths and an expose of equine mistreatment means this year’s race takes place against a backdrop of serious welfare concernsThoroughbred racing and a sense of identity aren’t the most comfortable of bedfellows. To the converted, racin…

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Melbourne Cup: how Australia’s signature race lost its hold on the nation

Concern for the welfare of horses is slowly overtaking glossy glamour shots as Australians look at the racing industry with fresh eyesThe risk of elevating a horse race from a niche sporting event to a national symbol is that, when the nation changes, …

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Trainer to appeal after vets withdraw Marmelo from Melbourne Cup

Morrison describes decision as ‘inaccurate and unfounded’Scan showed last year’s runner-up had ‘incomplete fractures’Hughie Morrison is planning to appeal against the decision of the Racing Victoria stewards to rule Marmelo out of next week’s Melbourne…

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Darren Weir’s Melbourne Cup horse given electric shocks on race day, court documents allege

Racehorse Red Cardinal allegedly given electric shocks as part of an ‘illicit covert training regime’Darren Weir’s Melbourne Cup runner Red Cardinal was given electric shocks on race day last year as part of an illegal training regime, court documents …

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Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir charged with animal cruelty

Banned horse trainer also up on conspiracy and weapons charges following raids on his stables in JanuaryMelbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir has been charged with animal cruelty, conspiracy and weapons offences.The banned horse trainer was charged…

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Talking Horses: British runner tried to bite rival at Melbourne Cup start

Marmelo swung his head to the right and had a right old go at Avilius before finishing second in Australia’s biggest raceOh dear. While the British runners in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup covered themselves in glory by filling the first three places, it has…

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Talking Horses: British curse in the Melbourne Cup is finally broken

A quarter of a century after the race fell to an Irish raider, Cross Counter has become the first winner to be trained in BritainCongratulations to Charlie Appleby, who has become the first British-based trainer to win the Melbourne Cup, following the …

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Melbourne Cup won by British horse and British trainer for the first time

Racing history made as Cross Counter, trained by Charlie Appleby, wins Australia’s biggest raceThe coveted Melbourne Cup is heading to England for the first time after Cross Counter, the four-year-old bay trained at Newmarket by Charlie Appleby, storme…

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Good-time racing crowd veils the worst of Melbourne Cup day

Just as the well-behaved gathering started to deteriorate after the big race, news came that a horse had died • The CliffsofMoher put down after suffering fractured shoulderThree things happened after the running of the Melbourne Cup – the race that st…

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The CliffsofMoher put down after suffering fractured shoulder in Melbourne Cup

Five-year-old Irish stallion becomes sixth Cup runner to be euthanised since 2013The running of the Melbourne Cup has again been marred after one of the 2018 entries in the race, The Cliffsofmoher, was euthanised at Flemington Racecourse – the sixth ho…

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The CliffsofMoher put down after suffering fractured shoulder in Melbourne Cup

Five-year-old Irish stallion becomes sixth Cup runner to be euthanised since 2013The running of the Melbourne Cup has again been marred after one of the 2018 entries in the race, The Cliffsofmoher, was euthanised at Flemington Racecourse – the sixth ho…