|Varema. (Image from Andrew Day on Twitter.)|
(Republished from Mamamia)
"Today, a horse running in the Melbourne Cup – who you would’ve watched barreling down the track, its coat slick with sweat – was euthanised after the race. The horse’s name was Verema.
Verema dropped out of the race at about the halfway mark, and it said to have snapped a large bone in the lower leg. Victoria Racing Club stewards confirmed that the horse had been put down, shortly after the race.
And Verema is not the only one to have had a less than noble retirement after competing in the Melbourne Cup. The 33 knackeries across Australia will slaughter between 22-32,000 horses every year. 40 per cent of those horses, are racehorses. The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses estimates that 18,000 ex-racers are killed every year."
And lets not forget that Gai Waterhouse, and another trainer were charged "under Australian racing rule 178E (1), which states:
"Notwithstanding the provisions of AR 178C(2), no persons without the permission of the stewards may administer or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race."
"Waterhouse has already had a dramatic 2013, after being fined for failing to report conditions that could affect the running of star mare More Joyous in the lead-up to the All Aged Stakes and Queen Of The Turf Stakes in Sydney.
She is appealing the decision to the Racing Appeals Tribunal."