All-Star Mile Veterinary Inspections

Racing Victoria (RV) veterinarians have this afternoon completed a number of compulsory pre-race veterinary inspections of horses engaged in the $5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) to be run this Saturday, 16 March at Flemington.

Three horses – Material Man, Urban Ruler and Foundry – have not been passed as suitable to race at this time and will be re-examined by RV veterinarians tomorrow.

The remaining 11 horses examined today, including emergencies Le Romain (first), Trap For Fools (second) and He or She (fourth), were passed fit to race.

The Justin Warwick-trained Material Man presented with lameness in its left front limb when inspected by two RV veterinarians. Further examinations localised the lameness to the horse’s foot.

The stable notified RV veterinarians that it had concerns with the horse today that required the farrier to attend shortly prior to the veterinary inspection and fit a heart bar on Material Man’s left front foot.

The Chris Munce-trained Urban Ruler presented with lameness in its left front limb when inspected by an RV veterinarian and an independent veterinarian. X-rays of the horse conducted this afternoon have not identified the source of the lameness.

The Terry Kelly-trained Foundry presented with lameness in its left front limb when examined by two RV veterinarians. This followed satisfactory results from detailed veterinary examinations undertaken on the horse over the past week by the stable in consultation with RV.

The remaining four horses in the All-Star Mile – Balf’s Choice, Hawkshot, Mystic Journey and third emergency Hellova Street – are all scheduled to be examined tomorrow by RV veterinarians once they arrive in Melbourne.

RV will provide a further update tomorrow following the completion of all scheduled veterinary inspections.