11/04/2014 2:50PM

European import Protectionist wins Melbourne Cup


Protectionist, a 7-1 shot ridden by Ryan Moore, won Tuesday’s $5,241,600 Melbourne Cup in Australia, part of a winning exacta of European shippers in the field of 22.

Trained in Germany by Andreas Wolher, Protectionist closed from the back of the field to win by four lengths over the 8-year-old Red Cadeaux, trained in England by Ed Dunlop. Who Shot thebarman, a 20-1 shot, finished third.

Red Cadeaux has run in the last four Melbourne Cups, also finishing second in 2011 and 2013.

The race was marred by the deaths of Araldo, who finished seventh, and Admire Rakti, the 9-2 favorite who was eased in the stretch and collapsed and died after the finish of the two-mile race. Australian officials announced that Admire Rakti had possibly died of a heart attack.

Araldo suffered a leg injury when he kicked a steel rail after a racegoer waved a flag in his face when being led to the stables, according to published reports.

Protectionist won two Group 2 races in Europe during the summer, including the Prix Kergorlay over 1 7/8 miles on turf at Deauville, France, in August. In his first start in Australia, Protectionist finished fourth in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes over 1 1/2 miles at Caulfield Racecourse.

Diane Hain More than 1 year ago
I don't know hat Australian animal welfare laws are like, but I hope that jerk who spooked the horse with the flag is in jail. Or perhaps some of the dead horse's stablemates might give him a kick or two.
Colette Mulhall More than 1 year ago
I read that it was a small child waving the flag that spooked Araldo. So, I don't think anyone is in jail or getting kicked.
Sammy Peel More than 1 year ago
i buy almost everything except food and clothing from online auctions most people aren’t aware of the almost I unbelievable deals that they can get from online auction sites the site that has the best deals is............................ WWW.WORK4HOUR.ℭom
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Tragic day. RIP to the two horses who passed. On a lighter note, Ryan moore proves again why he is the best in the world.
Rodney More than 1 year ago
Agree with that...