European stayers Sky Hunter and Quest for More have been passed fit to run in the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington next Tuesday after both suffered minor hoof mishaps during the week.
The Godolphin owned Sky Hunter was suffering from a bruised left fore heel but was given the all clear after his shoe was refitted and trainer Saeed bin Suroor has declared he is right to go on Tuesday.
“A few days ago when the farrier changed his shoe he looked immediately sore”, bin Suroor said.
“But since we put the shoe back, then he looks sound.
“Yesterday he canter and today he canter, no problem.
“He’s back to normal.”
While the Roger Charlton trained Quest For More was forced to miss trackwork on Thursday morning after one of his shoes moved on Wednesday, which left him a bit tender footed.
“He did it before work yesterday,” said Quest For More’s regular work rider Martin Franklin.
“We got the farrier in who tacked the shoe back on temporarily because the jockey was coming and he was sound.
“When we got him back in and onto the harder surface near the barn area he was just feeling the foot again so we left the shoe off. He was able to work yesterday and the shoe will be going back on today, so a day off is no problem. The vet just wants to see him trot up.”
Sky Hunter hasn’t raced since running second to The Corsican in the Group 3 £60,000 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup (1 mile, 3 furlongs, 5 yards) at Newbury in England on September 19 and is rated a $41 chance for the Melbourne Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au.
But the five year old was a winner at his previous start in the Group 2 US$250,000 Dubai City Of Gold (2410m) at Meydan in Dubai on March 7.
Connections of Quest For More are confident that the English stayer can return to his best form in the Melbourne Cup after a disappointing effort to beat one runner home when sixteenth to Almoonqith in the Group 3 $300,000 Geelong Cup (2400m) at Geelong on October 21.
Quest For More is listed at $51 for the Melbourne Cup.
The Teofilo gelding’s form in England before he arrived in Australia was first class with a win in the £140,000 John Smith’s Northumberland Plate (2 miles 19 yards) at Newcastle on June 27 followed by a second to Big Orange in the Group 2 £300,000 OATAR Goodwood Cup (2 miles) at Goodwood on July 30.
Japanese stayer Fame Game heads the Melbourne Cup market order at $3.80 ahead of Caulfield Cup runner up Trip To Paris at $8 and the Chris Waller trained Preferment at $10.
Melbourne Cup market order with Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.80 Fame Game, $8 Trip To Paris, , $10 Preferment, $13 Amralah, $15 Almoonqith, Max Dynamite, Criterion, $17 Who Shot Thebarman, Bondi Beach, Hokko Brave, Our Ivanhowe, $21 Gust Of Wind, Hartnell, $26 Grand Marshall, Kingfisher, Snow Sky, Red Cadeuax, $34 Dandino, The United States, $41 Big Orange, Secret Number, Sky Hunter, $51, Quest For More, Ruling Dynasty, The Offer, $67 Havana Cooler, Prince Of Penzance, Elhaame, Excess Knowledge, $81 Zanteca, $101.Bohemian Lily, Chance To Dance.
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