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Activists have turned up to protest outside the gates of Flemington in fury over the death of racehorse Anthony van Dyck after the Melbourne Cup.

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Melbourne Cup horse Anthony Van Dyck has been euthanised after breaking down around 350 metres from the finish line on Tuesday afternoon.

The Irish stallion, one of the favourites, appeared to suffer a leg injury and was loaded into a horse ambulance on the track. 

Racing Victoria’s (RV) Executive General Manager of Integrity Services, Jamie Stier confirmed the death, saying a fatality report will now be prepared by the Racing Victoria integrity service.

Anthony Van Dyck ridden by Hugh Bowman prior to the Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on November 03, 2020 in Flemington, Australia. 

“It is with sadness that we confirm that Anthony Van Dyck had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured fetlock during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington,” said Stier.

“The horse received immediate veterinary care, however he was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained.

“Our sympathies are extended to the owners of Anthony Van Dyck, trainer Aidan O’Brien and all his staff who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss.”

The Victoria Racing Club extends its condolences to the owners, trainer Aidan O’Brien and his team who cared for Anthony Van Dyck and are saddened by their loss.
 
We would like to thank the track and veterinary staff for their prompt and humane care of the horse.

— Victoria Racing Club (@FlemingtonVRC) November 3, 2020

The Club remains totally committed to the welfare of all equine athletes and the ongoing focus on their wellbeing and will continue to work with the industry to understand the cause of this incident.

— Victoria Racing Club (@FlemingtonVRC) November 3, 2020

Animal welfare group Animals Australia responded to the news with a statement on social media, while Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi condemned horse racing.  

The death of Anthony Van Dyck is no “freak accident”. A horse dies *at least* once every 3 days in Australian racing. The risk is known, but deemed to be a risk worth taking in the pursuit of gambling profits.#NuptotheCup#MelbourneCup

— Animals Australia (@AnimalsAus) November 3, 2020

Greens Senator @MehreenFaruqi: R.I.P. Anthony Van Dyck #MelbourneCup#auspolpic.twitter.com/Tc5GcWTbzI

— Political Alert (@political_alert) November 3, 2020

Seven racehorses have died since 2013 as a result of the annual event that takes place on the first Tuesday of November. 

In 2014, Admire Rakti collapsed and died in his stall after the Melbourne Cup, while in 2017 Regal Monarch was put down after sustaining an injury during the race. 

The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses found 122 horses had died on Aussie tracks in one year, while ‘on average one horse will die on Australian racetracks every three days’.

This year Twilight Payment led from start to finish to claim the $8 million race, beating runner-up Tiger Moth and Prince of Arran in third place. 

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The Melbourne Cup is known as the race that stops the nation, but in more recent years many have said nup to the cup in support of animal rights. 

On Tuesday comedian Dave Hughes was criticised for appearing on Channel 10′s Melbourne Cup coverage live from Flemington Racecourse after saying earlier this year that he was on a “full plant based” diet since November 2019, telling the ABC he’s given up all animal products including eggs and honey.

Comedian Dave Hughes has been criticised for appearing on Channel 10's Melbourne Cup coverage after previously saying he's a vegan.

Many on Twitter expressed their disappointment, with one person writing, “Dave Hughes is a vegan, just not when there is #HorseRacing money involved! #MelbourneCup”.

“Dave Hughes on @Channel10AU or MelbCupDay. I would’ve thought vegans would be opposed to the inhumane treatment horses are subjected to. Not this vegan. #MelbourneFuCup,” penned another. 

Dave Hughes is a vegan, just not when there is #HorseRacing money involved! #MelbourneCup

— Paige Cardona (@paigecardona) November 3, 2020

Dave Hughes on @Channel10AU for MelbCupDay. I would’ve thought vegans would be opposed to the inhumane treatment horses are subjected to. Not this vegan. #MelbourneFuCup#MelbourneFuCup

— RelsBels (@rels11) November 3, 2020

Is horse racing vegan?

Asking for Dave Hughes

— Snooty (@snootswoon) November 3, 2020

Dave Hughes is a vegan, just not when there is #HorseRacing money involved! #MelbourneCup

— Paige Cardona (@paigecardona) November 3, 2020

FUCK YEAH GOOD TO SEE PROMINENT VEGAN DAVE HUGHES EARNING THEM SWEET HORSE RACE DOLLARS

— Nadine von Cohen (@nadinevoncohen) November 3, 2020

On Tuesday the comedian, also known as Hughesy, appeared on a panel at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse alongside presenters Gorgi Coghlan and Stephen Quartermain. 

In his segment he said it was a “pleasure to be here” for a very “different” Melbourne Cup amid the coronavirus pandemic, before also speaking about filming ‘The Masked Singer’ in lockdown a few months ago. 

In an interview with the ABC in February, Hughesy said he had been “loving” the “full plant based” diet since starting it in November last year after watching a documentary about veganism on Netflix.

“In the doco, it just made me think about what’s good for my health and so in November I stopped all dairy and I feel really good,” he said. 

Dave Hughes didn’t immediately respond to HuffPost Australia’s request for comment. 

Hughesy hits the 10 #MelbourneCup panel straight after a tasty win to chat the bizarre season of The Masked Singer this year and chat his love for the Cup! #CupWeekon10pic.twitter.com/Gh6W7pAcyQ

— Channel 10 (@Channel10AU) November 3, 2020

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