Posted: 5 November, 2013 by Madame H

Melb Cup Horse Put Down

Sadly Verema has been put down after pulling up early

Tags: 2013 Melbourne Cup, Verema, Horse

Verema was put down after pulling up early in the 2013 Melbourne Cup race (Source: Twitter) 

Sadly Stewards at the 2013 Melbourne Cup have confirmed Verema was put down after pulling up early in the race suffering a fracture to its right foreleg.

The race was eventually won by Fiorente, giving Gai Waterhouse her first Melbourne Cup victory.

"The sad reality with horses is they can't survive long enough on three legs for the leg to heal," Richard Freedman told Triple M's Rush Hour on the sad passing of Verema. Listen to the full audio below on our mobile-friendly audio.

The four year-old mare was owned by His Highness Aga Khan of Jordan, one of the richest men in the world, and was the first time Aga Khan had taken part in Cup.

Coming into the race, Verema had won her last two outings hitting form just in time for the Cup at Flemington Racecourse.

Verema was trained by French trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre who had 2010 Melbourne Cup success with Americain.

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Racing Victoria Press Release

Racing Victoria's Head of Veterinary and Equine Welfare, Dr Brian Stewart, has issued the following statement after the running of the 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

"It is with regret that we confirm that Verema had to be euthanized after suffering a fracture to its right foreleg during the running of the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

"This was an unfortunate accident that happens infrequently in racing and our sympathies are extended at this time to the Aga Khan, Alain de Royer Dupre and the connections of Verema."

A post mortem will be performed at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic as is standard practice. 

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