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Lexus Melbourne Cup Veterinary Update

Racing Victoria (RV) has provided the following veterinary update on horses seeking to compete in the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington next Tuesday, 1 November.

The following 29 horses have been deemed suitable to accept at 4.30pm (AEDT) tomorrow (29 October) having passed the mandatory CT scan of their distal limbs and the first of two pre-race veterinary examinations:

  1. Lunar Flare
  2. Point Nepean
  3. Deauville Legend
  4. Gold Trip
  5. Duais
  6. Montefilia
  7. Hoo Ya Mal
  8. Knights Order
  9. Without A Fight
  10. Numerian
  11. Camorra
  12. Alegron
  13. Stockman
  14. Young Werther
  15. Vow And Declare
  16. Grand Promenade
  17. Tralee Rose
  18. Daqiansweet Junior
  19. Arapaho
  20. Crystal Pegasus
  21. Smokin’ Romans
  22. Emissary
  23. Realm of Flowers
  24. High Emocean
  25. Interpretation
  26. King of the Castle
  27. Serpentine
  28. Chapada
  29. San Huberto

Any of the aforementioned horses that contest tomorrow’s Lexus Archer Stakes (2500m) at Flemington will be re-examined by RV veterinarians following the race to re-confirm their suitability to accept later in the afternoon.

RV Veterinary Services today completed the first pre-race physical examinations of the remaining fourth acceptors in the Melbourne Cup and report the following:

  • The Robert Hickmott-trained Schabau was re-inspected today after presenting lame in the left front when inspected yesterday. The horse’s condition has improved, but it remains unsuitable to race at this time. Schabau will be re-inspected for a final time prior to 7.30am tomorrow.


  • The Marcel Weiss-trained Loft was lame in the left front when inspected today. Subsequent to that inspection, the stable’s private veterinarian conducted an ultrasound on the horse’s left front and diagnosed a tendon injury. Accordingly, Loft has been withdrawn from the Melbourne Cup.


  • The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Gold Trip was passed yesterday, however the horse displayed some heat in the right front foot and was re-examined today as a precaution. There was no heat present upon re-inspection today and the horse remains in a suitable condition to accept.


  • The Ben and JD Hayes-trained Makram was not inspected after it was deemed unsuitable to contest the Melbourne Cup by RV Veterinary Services. Reports received from the members of the international imaging panel who reviewed Makram’s CT scan results indicate that the horse is at heightened risk of injury.


  • The Joseph Pride-trained Stockman, who is located in Sydney, was examined by a Racing NSW veterinarian today and passed. The gelding will be inspected again tomorrow after he contests the Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m).

A second pre-race veterinary inspection of all horses in the final field will be conducted by a panel of RV veterinarians on Monday, 31 October 2022.