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Showdown Vet Inspections

Racing Victoria (RV) veterinarians have today completed their inspection of horses engaged to compete in the $1 million Ladbrokes Showdown (1200m) to determine their suitability to race at Caulfield tomorrow - Saturday, 27 April.

All 16 starters have been passed as suitable to compete with three to be re-examined upon arrival on-course as a precaution to ensure they remain so.

The Leon and Troy Corstens-trained pair, Heka Express and Free Thrills, were today passed fit to compete after presenting with lameness in their near fore limbs on Wednesday. As a precaution, both horses will undergo a further examination upon arrival on-course.

The John Sadler-trained Sartorial Splendor was passed fit to compete today with RV vets to re-examine a wound on his near fore heel upon arrival on-course as a precaution.

Emergencies Angel Rock (first) and Judgement (third) were withdrawn by the David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig stable this afternoon with veterinary certificates.

The two remaining emergencies, Three Legs In (second, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace) and Fiorente’s Girl (fourth, Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig), have passed their vet inspection and are fit to compete if any scratchings occur before 7.30am tomorrow.

The inaugural Ladbrokes Showdown for two-year-olds sired by Victorian-based stallions nominated to the VOBIS Sires Race Series is Race 6 at 3.10pm.