Dermot Weld: CT Scan and Full-Body Scan Can Save Racehorses’ Lives

MELBOURNE, Victoria – Dermot Weld has offered his suggestions on how racehorse fatalities can be best prevented in the Melbourne Cup. He was speaking in light of the latest tragic spate of racehorse deaths in the famous Melbourne horse race, the most recent of which was Aidan O’Brien’s Ireland-bred runner, Anthony Van Dyck. 

Weld expressed his concern for the imports that passed away at an alarming pace in the Melbourne Cup. According to the report by horse betting news and information website, Racenet, Weld believes that caretakers of the European racehorses should do more effective measures before the Melbourne Cup gallopers depart their homeland. 

He recommended that Europe-bred racehorses competing for the 2021 Melbourne contest should get a CT scan of their fetlock joints and a full-body scan before flying to Australia. Weld relayed that these helpful measures could save horse race organisers and trainers from worries if the results of those tests turn out favourable.

The 72-year-old legendary racehorse trainer pointed out that if the racehorses get evaluated comprehensively in every possible manner, it can prevent considerable costs, the challenging decision-making on whether to let the gallopers run or otherwise, and the scan debates and controversies. Weld also remarked that blame should not get directed to the Victoria Racing Club and Racing Victoria because he believes these organisations had not committed any wrongdoing. The illustrious Irish racehorse trainer explained that these groups are performing their best to address the upsetting racehorse fatality issue.

Weld garnered fame and respect as a legendary racehorse training wizard from Ireland when he bagged his memorable victory in 1993 with the Thoroughbred racehorse, Vintage Crop. He is reportedly responsible for revolutionising the Melbourne Cup’s face, making it a genuinely global horse racing match. Weld is the renowned pioneer of international horse racing. Since his win with the Irish-trained and British-bred runner, the Melbourne sporting event has attracted the highly rated and high-performing stayers not only in New Zealand and Australia but also around the world.  

Vintage Crop was a chestnut-coloured gelding. He reaped popularity for being the first-ever racehorse from the northern hemisphere to make it to the first place in the Melbourne Cup. Plus, Vintage Crop received praise for starting the participation and success of global sprinters in the Australian premiere horse racing tilt. Since his victory, there has been an increasing wave of global gallopers in the world-famous horse race. In three of the past four years, there were foreign Melbourne Cup winners. Besides Vintage Crop, in 2002, Weld also relished a highly publicised Melbourne Cup win with another chestnut-coloured gelding, Media Puzzle.

Racing Victoria recently expressed that they would not leave any stone unturned apropos to the Melbourne Cup racehorse fatalities. The organisation is conducting a sweeping review concerning what recently happened to Anthony Van Dyck. Additionally, Racing Victoria has confirmed that it would interview O’Brien. Anthony Van Dyck’s racehorse trainer also witnessed the passing of his other charges, which are Thecliffsofmoher who passed away in the 2018 Melbourne Cup, and Wichita, the 2000 Guineas runner-up, who died in the spring.

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