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UPDATE: Red Cadeaux survives after fetlock injury during 2015 Melbourne Cup

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3rd November, 2015
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A tragic end to the Melbourne Cup as veteran Red Cadeaux is suffered a leg injury and failed to finish the race – thankfully though, it appears he may survive.

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UPDATE: Trainer Ed Dunlop has stated he is now confident that the horse will make it but it is however, the end of his racing career.

“(He’s) in great hands … I wasn’t expecting as encouraging news with that injury

“He’s eating grass … he looks happy, has fluids, and it’s a bad injury but it should be repairable.”

“I thought [Red Cadeaux] was going to be put down. At this stage he hasn’t, he’s obviously immediately retired.”

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ORIGINAL: It’s being reported Red Cadeaux sustained a left fetlock injury and is under the care of vets and undergoing surgery at a clinic at Werribee.

Racing Victoria chief vet Brian Stewart said the horse has been given relief for the pain,


“Everything is being done for him. He will undergo X-rays in the next hour. I will not speculate on his condition.”

The ten-year-old pulled up near the end of the 2015 Melbourne Cup and has since been carted away by medics.


Initial reports coming in were that the Ed Dunlop trained horse snapped its leg and was fighting for his life, however some on social media have later stated the veteran tore a tendon and was thankfully seen walking into a trailer.

We now know it was a fetlock injury which is a joint located on the lower part of a horse’s leg

Red Cadeaux is a sentimental favourite at Flemington – owning the remarkable record of finishing runner-up three times out of the last four Melbourne Cups.

The race was one by rank outsider Prince of Penzance who stormed home in front of Max Dynamite to stun the Flemington crowd.