Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Tragic End for Popular Japanese Champion

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Tragic End for Popular Japanese Champion

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THE Melbourne Cup had a tragic aftermath when favourite Admire Rakti collapsed and died in his tie-up stall after the race.

The Japanese stayer had been heavily backed to win the Cup after producing a devastating sprint to win last month's Caulfield Cup.

But after racing in second place for the first half of the race that stops a nation yesterday, jockey Zac Purton eased the seven-year-old (pictured) down after sensing something was amiss. The horse eventually dropped right out and crossed the finish line in last place.

"I knew he was in trouble when he didn't tow me into the race around halfway from home, so I eased him down straight away. The horse's welfare comes first," Purton said. "It's very sad. He gave me a great thrill at Caulfield and for this to happen to him is just not fair.

"I didn't think they'd beat me. I thought he'd win today and the whole way through the first half of the race I thought that too."

Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey confirmed the bad news only minutes after the race had finished. …

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