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The News Minute | November 4, 2014 | 06:51 pm IST Admire Rakti, a Japanese racehorse collapsed in the stall and died following the race at the 2014 Melbourne Cup. Although the reasons behind the stallion's death hasn't been established yet, it is suspected that it died of a heart attack or internal bleeding, reports news.com.au .  The report also quotes jockey Zac Purton as saying, "I knew he was in trouble when he didn't tow me into the race around halfway from home so I eased him down straight away, the horse’s welfare comes first". Another horse, Araldo, was euthanised when he broke his leg after crashing through a gate.  These incidents have attracted criticisms from animal rights activists who question the nature of the game and its poor treatment of animals. Daily Mail Australia quotes Elio Celotto, campaign director for the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, as saying,  'If these were human athletes, the sport would be banned'.  Post by Animals Australia.
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