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Horse racing-pre-race favorite Admire Rakti dies after Melbourne Cup

Zac Purton and Admire Ratki leave the track after finishing last during the Emirates Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
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Zac Purton and Admire Ratki leave the track after finishing last during the Emirates Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

Pre-race favorite Admire Rakti collapsed and died after finishing last in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday.

The Japanese-trained horse, which won the Caulfield Cup last month, started the race as 5-1 favorite but faded towards the end of the grueling 3200 meter handicap.

"The favorite Admire Rakti on return to the stalls after the race has collapsed and died," Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey said.

"Our vets are on hand and the horse will undergo an autopsy. We will have to await those results for the cause of the death."