Spooked Araldo loses fight

Written By komlim puldel on Selasa, 04 November 2014 | 20.01

Melbourne Cup runner Araldo has been put down, following on from the death of favourite Admire Rakti.

Tragic news as Admire Rakti, the pre-race favourite, has died shortly after finishing last in the Melbourne Cup.

Araldo has put down after being injured in bizarre circumstances. Picture: Michael Klein Source: News Corp Australia

MIKE Moroney's racing stable has called for stricter crowd controls following the death of Melbourne Cup runner Araldo.

The stallion was injured in a freak accident but what the Moroney stable believes should have been an avoidable incident at Flemington.

The stayer, who was purchased from Germany for $500,000, was spooked by a person waving a large Australian flag when Araldo was returning to the mounting yard after finishing seventh.

He lashed out and shattered his off-side pastern bone in his hind leg when he became stuck in a small fence of the rose garden.

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Moroney's racing manager Anthony Feroce said Araldo was treated at the track and then transported to Werribee Veterinary Hospital where surgeons were forced to euthanise the horse after scans showed the fracture was inoperable.

"They put him on the operating table and after the CTC scan they found that the pastern, as they described it, was like a bag of ice," Feroce said.

"Someone was waving a big Australian flag and he just took fright and backed into the fence where the roses and kicked out and I think he sort of got his leg caught and he sort of basically kicked his way out and did all the damage.

"The fence isn't very high, it's just below your knee."

Feroce said people should not be able to wave flags or other objects when valuable horses are returning to the mounting yard.

"As someone said to me, it's not like the car racing," he said.

"These are animals and they spook."

Japanese horse Admire Rakti died on its way back to the stalls after the race after being eased up by jockey Zac Purton and finishing 72.5 lengths last.

Racing Victoria's head of Veterinary and Equine Welfare, Dr Brian Stewart, confirmed that Admire Rakti has passed away in his stall post-race.

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