Melbourne Cup runner Rostropovich has been taken from the Flemington race course for veterinary treatment after pulling up lame.
Jockey Dwayne Dunn pulled the five-year-old up early after he realised there was something wrong.
Australian runner Vow and Declare went on to win the race.
In a press release soon after the race, Racing Victoria confirmed the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained hopeful had been taken from the racecourse for treatment, after being declared lame.
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“Racing Victoria (RV) stewards advise that the Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig-trained Rostropovich was inspected by RV veterinarians following the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse today and was found to be lame,” the statement read.
“After receiving veterinary care on the course, the horse has been transported to the University of Melbourne Equine Centre for further assessment.”
Trainer David Hayes said Rostropovich was having trouble standing under its own power.
“He couldn’t weight bear, but I think with a lot of painkillers he’s relieved,” Hayes said.
“It’s a sad story anyway.”
Rostropovich finished last in the race, and the injury, a suspected broken pelvis, riled anti-racing advocates and animal welfare groups on social media.
To our supporters and followers, we're also hearing reports that Rostropovich suffered a serious pelvis injury before pulling up in the #MelbourneCup2019. Very sorry to hear this news, we hope for the best and are keenly awaiting news of his condition. #horseracing— RSPCA Australia (@RSPCA) November 5, 2019
We've been updated that Rostropovich has been badly injured and been rushed to Werribee possibly with a broken pelvis.— Animal Justice Party NSW (@AJPNSW) November 5, 2019
These are the kinds of horrific injuries horses sustain from being forced to run in the cruel #MelbourneCup.
Hoping he can be saved.
Trainers and connections will be hoping any potential injury to Rostropovich will not be life-threatening, after the death of Irish horse TheCliffsofmoher in last year’s Melbourne Cup.
It follows the death of Admire Rakti in 2014, who collapsed in the stalls after the race, and Red Cadeaux, who was euthanised at the track in 2017 after a serious leg injury.
Later updates from Racing Victoria confirmed a stress fracture in Rostropovich’s pelvis, but that the five-year-old was in a stable condition.
Racing Victoria vets have confirmed Rostropovich is in a stable condition but has sustained a stress fracture to his pelvis after pulling up lame following the Melbourne Cup.— Racing Post (@RacingPost) November 5, 2019