Admire Rakti cause of death revealed
By Brent Zerafa TVN Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 10:44 AM
An autopsy conducted on Admire Rakti has revealed the Melbourne Cup favourite died of acute heart failure at Flemington on Tuesday.
As the racing and wider community still come to grips with the tragic running of the Melbourne Cup, Racing Victoria's Dr Brian Stewart said the cause of death is extremely rare in horses.
“The diagnosis is that the horse died of acute heart failure as a result of ventricular fibrillation probably, which is a disorganised heart rhythm that happens very, very rarely in human athletes and horses,” Dr Stewart said on SEN’s Morning Glory.
“It’s a disruption of the normal electrical conduction through the heart (and) there can be various sets of circumstances that might set it off.
“Athletes are probably more prone to the syndrome, especially those with large hearts and a big capacity to raise the heart rate.
“A large heart plus a rapid heart rate can contribute to the electrical activity through the heart being disrupted and throwing it into this abnormal rhythm and the heart’s unable to supply enough blood to the body.”