Australian fan favorite racehorse Red Cadeaux was humanely euthanized today due to “irreversible complications” arising from the injury he sustained in the Melbourne Cup, according to a statement issued by Racing Victoria. The 10-year-old red gelding had surgery on his left foreleg to repair a fracture on Nov. 4 and had been recovering well.
Trainer Ed Dunlop said “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.” He sustained a loss of blood flow to the left foot, below his injury, and veterinarians at the University of Melbourne Equine Centre at Werribee said there was no possible way to address the issue.
The announcement of his death follows 12 days after it was announced that the horse would retire in Australia at Living Legends Farm in Melbourne. Dunlop continued, “on behalf of [owner] Mr. Arculli and my staff, I also want to thank the Australian public and his racing fans from around the world for their wonderful support and well wishes during what has been an incredibly tough time for us all.”
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