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The 2014 death of Japanese racehorse, Admire Rakti, and the subsequent post-race death of Araldo who was spooked by a kid during the parade – marked the second straight year a horse has died after the Melbourne Cup.
It was the tragedy of this event that sparked a never-before seen and completely unrealistic campaign by GetUp, calling for the banning of horse racing.
Last year it was fan favourite Red Cadeaux that died due to complications with an injury sustained in The Race That Stops A Nation.
The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses spokesman, Sally Young said there had been more than 100 deaths during or immediately after races in the past year.
“Ban everything” she says.
“I say this every year whenever the media remembers our organisation exists”
With the most-watched spectacle of livestock athleticism and workplace gambling set to go down in roughly four hours, the possibility of injury to racehorses is once again something that organises are prepared for.
Standing at the finish line today at Melbourne’s Flemington racecourse, is a bloke named Ambrose.
Held firm in his hands is the controversial Adler lever-action shotgun.
“They won’t feel a thing” he says.
“It’ll be quick, this thing reloads with just one hand movement, so if it’s anything like 2014, I’ll be able to do two of them in just a couple of seconds”
“I promise I’ll make it quick and painless horsies. I’ll have someone holding up a big blanket too so the camera’s can’t see”