'We're gutted': Melbourne Cup rocked by 'devastating' news

‘We’re gutted’: Melbourne Cup rocked by ‘devastating’ news

James McDonald watches a track session with Loft at Flemington ahead of the Melbourne Cup. Image: Getty

The Melbourne Cup was then thrown into chaos withdrawal of the second high ranking horse within 24 hours.

On Friday afternoon there were reports that pre-race second favorite Loft had been ruled out after Racing Victoria vets discovered an injured tendon.

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It means jockey James McDonald who Last year he won the Melbourne Cup aboard Verry Elleegantis without a ride.

“He’s gutted and disappointed like we all are,” Loft’s executive owner Ozzie Kheir said Age.

James McDonald, pictured here riding Loft during track work at Flemington Racecourse.

James McDonald rides Loft during track work at Flemington Racecourse. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Racing Photos via Getty Images)

“Even he thought he had a good chance of making it back to back. Unfortunately for James, I don’t know if he’s going to have a ride in the race. I feel for him.”

“We don’t know.” [when it happened]. It was done anytime between Tuesday and today.

“Last week we lost Le Don De Vie, who was already in the Cup, and now three days out Loft, who we were very, very confident would come close to winning, so it’s pretty devastating to lose him so close to the race.” “

James McDonald, pictured here with the trophy after winning the 2021 Melbourne Cup.

James McDonald celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2021 Melbourne Cup. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Khier said News Corp: “I don’t want to be a sook.” I’m just disappointed for the trainer and the co-owners – and the racing – because we were very confident that he was going to be hard to beat.

“But it swelled up around his tendon.

“There is no blue in the (vet) process. It was tough because we also lost Le Don De Vie from the cup.

“But we’ve had a lot of success, so it can’t always be smooth sailing.

Kheir confirmed Loft will remain in Australia and join the stable of Ben and JD Hayes ahead of next year’s Cup tilt.

Durston and Loft both from the Melbourne Cup

The devastating news about Loft comes just 24 hours later Durston – another of the pre-race favorites – was also scratched.

A mandatory pre-race scan revealed the $13 straight third favorite had a “grey area” on his left hind leg.

“The specialists can’t tell if it’s old or new or if it’s even something to be concerned about, but we have to respect it,” coach Chris Waller said.

“It’s all about safety, for the horse and for the rider, and for the longevity of the horses. It’s a big disappointment for all the horse associations as well as my stable because so much time and effort goes into these horses. It’s just heartbreaking.

Damien Oliver, pictured here riding Durston during track practice at Flemington Racecourse.

Damien Oliver rides Durston during track practice at Flemington Racecourse. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

“Durston is healthy, he galloped well on Tuesday morning and my vet trotted him after this, but we have to respect modern science and learn from it.”

“The horse will undergo an MRI scan to investigate further.

Durston has stepped up from $51 to tier three Melbourne Cup betting after landing the first leg of Australia’s famous spring double with the Caulfield Cup earlier this month.

Deauville Legend was the $6 favorite before the race on Thursday, England coach James Ferguson dared to dream of lifting the Melbourne Cup at his first attempt.

“He’s traveled well here and if you want to give him the cup now that would be great, but it’s an incredibly tough ask,” Ferguson said.

“Everything has to go your way.

with the AAP

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