One of the more eventful Melbourne Cup Carnivals of all time has reached its end.
The Cup had some of the best racing seen in years, and crowds were out in force to support a national passtime. However, the Melbourne Cup wasn’t without its drama with the deaths of horses Admire Rakti, who suffered a heart attack and collapsed after the race, and Araldo who was euthanised after surgery on a broken leg.
The Victorian Racing Club faced all sorts of criticism and protests from animal activists.
The internationals dominated the course, as Protectionist streaked home in the Melbourne Cup. Admire Rakti’s dominant Caulfield Cup win, while Adelaide, flew from last to take the Cox Plate.
With very little crowd issues and plenty of money flowing through the Melbourne economy over the week, the Cup turned into another giant success. – Jake Benoiton
Top photo taken by Jake Benoiton