The Melbourne Cup picture just got a lot murkier with Racing Victoria vets to re-examine four hopefuls on Saturday morning before they are permitted to accept for Tuesday’s big race.
The four horses under the RV microscope are Prize Money (Saeed bin Suroor), Red Verdon (Ed Dunlop), Lord Fandango (Archie Alexander) and Nakeeta (Iain Jardine).
An RV release on Friday night read: ‘’Racing Victoria veterinarians have today completed their inspection of the top 35 ranked horses for the $7.3 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) to determine their suitability to accept at tomorrow’s (Saturday) 4.30pm deadline.
‘’Red Verdon, who resumed track work today after a bruised heel was detected yesterday, passed a veterinary examination this afternoon, however he will be re-examined as a precaution to ensure that he remains in a suitable condition.
‘’Lord Fandango, who contested Wednesday’s Bendigo Cup, presented with lameness in his right hind leg and as such will require a further examination.
‘’RV veterinarians will consider the results of precautionary x-rays on the front fetlocks of both Prize Money and Nakeeta as part of their re-inspections.
‘’Those Cup entrants that contest tomorrow’s Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington will be re-examined by RV veterinarians following the race to re-confirm their suitability to accept, as will Thinkin’ Big following the Victoria Derby.
It was also confirmed by RV that trainer Darren Weir advised stewards at 5.50pm on Friday that Tosen Basil will not be accepting for the Lexus Melbourne Cup.