Ali Oetjen faces backlash for supporting the Melbourne Cup horse race

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SAS Australia‘s Ali Oetjen has been criticised by animal rights activists for supporting the country’s most prestigious horse racing event: the Melbourne Cup.

The reality star shared a photo to Instagram on Tuesday, posing alongside her co-star Shayna Jack at Brisbane‘s Doomben Racecourse.

But fans of the 34-year-old expressed their ‘disappointment’, claiming Ali should not support and celebrate a ‘cruel sport’.

'I'm so disappointed!' Ali Oetjen (left) has faced backlash from animal rights activists for supporting the Melbourne Cup horse race. Pictured with Shayna Jack

‘I’m so disappointed!’ Ali Oetjen (left) has faced backlash from animal rights activists for supporting the Melbourne Cup horse race. Pictured with Shayna Jack

‘You look beautiful but I wish that you didn’t support this barbaric industry,’ one fan wrote.

Another said: ‘I’ve been loving Ali on the show but now I’ve seen this I don’t, and I’ll be unfollowing.’

‘I can’t believe people support such cruelty,’ another person wrote. ‘#Nuptothecup so disappointed,’ one person commented.

Backlash: Fans of the 34-year-old expressed their 'disappointment', claiming Ali should not support a 'cruel sport'

Backlash: Fans of the 34-year-old expressed their ‘disappointment’, claiming Ali should not support a ‘cruel sport’

‘It does seem a tad contradictory to tag images with “nature lover” and then head to the race track,’ another wrote.

‘Please don’t support horse racing,’ one person commented. ‘There’s nothing “tough” about supporting horse racing,’ another said.

Ali decided to go braless for the ritzy occasion, flaunting her cavernous cleavage in a plunging suit dress.

Annual event: Ali celebrated the 2020 Melbourne Cup at Doomben Racecourse in Queensland

Annual event: Ali celebrated the 2020 Melbourne Cup at Doomben Racecourse in Queensland

She accessorised her daring outfit with a black wide-brimmed hatinator, box clutch bag and red stilettos.

Meanwhile, Shayna stunned in an orange one shoulder dress complete with a beige bag and flower crown.

Ali captioned the post: ‘SAS tough warriors can dress up! Princess Warriors. Grace + Grit = The deadliest combination! Hehe.’

One person wrote: 'It does seem a tad contradictory to tag images with "nature lover" and then head to the race track'

One person wrote: ‘It does seem a tad contradictory to tag images with “nature lover” and then head to the race track’

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