Cox Plate veterinary examinations
A panel of four Racing Victoria (RV) veterinarians have today re-inspected Gold Trip at the TAB Werribee International Horse Centre and determined that the horse is not suitable to contest the Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley tomorrow.
The veterinary panel noted that the horse presented with the same level of lameness in its off-hind limb as yesterday, but that the level of lameness in its off-fore limb had increased over the past 24 hours.
A total of six veterinarians have examined Gold Trip over the past two days for RV and have been unanimous in their decision that the lameness displayed by the horse was not at an acceptable level to pass a pre-race veterinary inspection.
RV Stewards, in consultation with the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable, have subsequently withdrawn Gold Trip from the Cox Plate acting on veterinary advice.
The John Bary-trained Callsign Mav (NZ) was re-examined at Flemington earlier today and passed suitable to contest the Cox Plate. The stable removed the horse’s near front shoe overnight, treated the foot and replaced the shoe today with the lameness now resolved.
All other horses in the Cox Plate were passed fit to race yesterday.