Horse euthanised after breaking leg in Melbourne Cup

UPDATE: Anthony Van Dyck has been euthanised after breaking his leg in the Melbourne Cup. 

The stallion was taken from the track by ambulance and Racing.com reported he was humanely euthanised less than an hour later. 

It was one of the pre-race favourites, after finishing second in the recent Caulfield Cup.

Racing Victoria's Jamie Stier confirmed the tragedy.

"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," Stier said.

"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."

Anthony Van Dyck is the seventh horse to have been killed as a result of the Melbourne Cup in the past seven years. 

READ MORE: Another tragedy as Melbourne Cup horse dies.

UPDATE: Twilight Payment has won the Melbourne Cup. 

Tiger Moth placed second while Prince of Arran ran third.

Twilight Payment has given owner Lloyd Williams his seventh win in Australia's greatest race. Jockey Jye McNeil writes his name into the record books with some of the greats! He just had a baby this year with his partner, fellow jockey Jess Payne.

Tiger Moth was enormous coming from behind, and so was Prince Of Arran, who was so strong towards the end.

It comes as another horse, Anthony Van Dyck, appears to have broken down during the race. 

The international broke down with 500m remaining in the race. Anthony Van Dyck faltered round the home turn, prompting jockey Hugh Bowman to pull up the horse at the 300m before dismounting.

It appeared Anthony Van Dyck suffered a severe injury to his near foreleg.

Track staff erected screens around Anthony Van Dyck as vets treated the horse before he was placed into the horse ambulance.

Racing Victoria will provide an update on Anthony Van Dyck's condition as soon as possible.

It was one of the pre-race favourites, after finishing second in the recent Caulfield Cup.

Just two hours before the race, pundits were praising Anthony Van Dyck's form. 

EARLIER: Forget the form guide, we've used the luckiest numbers and letters from years gone by that to calculate who will win this year's Melbourne Cup.

Since the Melbourne Cup was first run in 1861, favourites have won the race 34 times including most recently with Fiorente at $7 in 2013. The shortest-priced favourite was Phar Lap who won at 11/8 on in 1930.

BOILOVERS

The biggest upset winners are 100/1 outsiders The Pearl (1871), Wotan (1936), Old Rowley (1940) and Prince Of Penzance (2015).

WEIGHT
The highest-weighted winner was Carbine who shouldered an incredible 10st 5lbs (65.5kg) to win in 1890. It's a record that is unlikely to be broken. The lowest weight carried to Cup glory was by The Banker with only 5st 4lbs (33.5kg) in 1863.

In the Cup, there has been one scratching with Danny O'Brien runner King of Leogrance undergoing vet inspection and ruled out of the race.

The horse was found to be lame in its off fore leg.

How to watch Melbourne Cup race live

Tune into Ch 10 at 3pm AEDT or follow live below!

Where to live stream Melbourne Cup race

Watch on Channel 10 or stream on TAB app

What time does the race start?

3PM AEDT

Originally published as Revealed: Who the numbers say will win the Cup


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