A two-year-old horse was euthanised after falling on the track at Flemington on the eve of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The filly, Rejuvenated, was put down after being injured during training on Friday – the day before the four-day carnival officially began.
Victoria Racing Club footage shows Rejuvenated competing in a jumps out event earlier that day, where she was coming in second.
Witnesses claim Rejuvenated was injured on-track shortly after the video stopped.
Two-year-old filly Rejuvenated (pictured right) was euthanised at Flemington after falling during a race on the eve of the Melbourne Cup Carnival
A witness, who took a photo of the scene from from across the street, said: ‘They tended to the jockey first and he walked to the ambulance.’
‘The horse ran on a little after the jockey had come off then collapsed and didn’t move.
‘I was shocked to see how quickly they took his body away and the [jump outs] continued.
‘I was shaking so much.’
The Victoria Racing Club reportedly said in a statement that it was ‘deeply saddened to confirm that Rejuvenated was humanely euthanised’.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Victoria Racing Club, Racing Victoria and Rejuvenated’s trainer, Anthony & Sam Freedman Racing, for comment.
The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses accused Racing Victoria of trying to hide the death (pictured, three women at Flemington racetrack)
The Melbourne Cup has come under greater scrutiny and been targeted by the ‘Nup to the Cup’ movement following a spate of six horse deaths since 2013.
Those horses were Verema in 2013, Admire Rakti and Araldo in 2014, Red Cadeaux in 2015, Cliffsofmoher in 2018 and Anthony Van Dyck in 2020.
In 2021, the Victoria Racing Club introduced 41 additional safety measures after broad consultation. Those safety protocols were reviewed last year.