MELBOURNE CUP DAY KILLING, Tuesday 6 November, 2007

Activists alter banner to bring attention to horse racing cruelty - 6/11/2007

SILENCE fell over Flemington racecourse today after an accident ended with Bay Story being put down on the main straight.

The horse collided with Bling Bling about 140m from the finish line, sending both animals crashing through the barriers.

Bling Bling lay motionless on the track, but Bay Story tragically staggered on towards the line with its crushed left hind leg sagging underneath.

Stewards quickly erected sheets to block the crowd's view of the horses as officials rushed to the scene.

Many punters couldn't watch, while others wept as the drama unfolded.