Melbourne Cup Pre-race Veterinary Inspections
Racing Victoria (RV) veterinarians have today completed their inspections of the top 35 horses in the Order of Entry for the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) to determine their suitability to accept at Saturday’s 4.30pm deadline.
Steel Prince, Nickajack Cave, Platinum Invader and Skyward all passed their inspections today and were deemed suitable to accept.
The Mick Price and Michael Kent-trained Oceanex and the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Warning were re-examined this morning and were passed by RV veterinarians after both horses showed signs of improvement.
Warning will undergo an additional check tomorrow as a precaution.
The Michael Moroney-trained Chapada, who currently sits 35th in the Order of Entry, did not pass the re-examination today and will be inspected again tomorrow prior to the acceptance deadline.
The Melbourne Cup entrants that contest Saturday’s Lexus Hotham Stakes (2500m) at Flemington will be re-examined by RV veterinarians following the race to re-confirm their suitability to accept.