Racing Victoria (RV) veterinarians have this afternoon re-inspected Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) entrant Spanish Mission to determine his suitability to accept tomorrow for the $8 million race on Tuesday at Flemington.
The veterinarians reported that the swelling in the horse’s right foreleg had resolved, however some heat was still detected in the area. This is consistent with a case of mild cellulitis – an infection under a horse’s skin.
In consultation with representatives for trainer Andrew Balding, the decision was made to send Spanish Mission to the U-Vet Equine Centre in Werribee this afternoon for further examination.
Following examination by specialists at the U-Vet Equine Centre, Spanish Mission has returned to the TAB International Horse Centre.
RV veterinarians will re-examine the horse tomorrow to determine its suitability to accept for the Melbourne Cup ahead of the 4.30pm (AEDT) acceptance deadline.
A further update on other horses being inspected today as part of the first round of Melbourne Cup veterinary examinations will be provided late this afternoon.