Anthony Van Dyck was lame before Cup fatality
The release of today’s report into recent Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) fatalities is expected to reveal that the Aidan O’Brien trained Anthony Van Dyck (Galileo) was lame a month prior to the race taking place, following which the Derby (Gr 1, 1m4f ) winner was euthanized after sustaining a fractured fetlock.
A source close to the report is purported to have revealed that after the horse was found to be lame he was administered with a nerve block injection on October 9 in an attempt to find the source of the lameness. However, he did not undergo a CT Scan, with such a facility available at nearby Werribee Equine Centre. The full report is due to be released today.