Cox Plate: Gold Trip ruled out with lameness, Callsign Mav passed fit

Gilbert GardinerHerald Sun
Damien Oliver riding Gold Trip during a trackwork session at Moonee Valley Racecourse on October 16, 2021.
Camera IconDamien Oliver riding Gold Trip during a trackwork session at Moonee Valley Racecourse on October 16, 2021. Credit: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

French import Gold Trip has been ruled out of the $5m Group 1 W.S Cox Plate after failing a second Racing Victoria veterinary inspection on Friday morning.

The contentious decision leaves reigning Cox Plate-winning trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace without a starter.

Australian Bloodstock-owned Gold Trip, who was reinspected on Friday morning after displaying signs of lameness in two spots on Thursday, was the sole Victorian-trained entrant in the Cox Plate.

A panel of four RV vets monitored Gold Trip at the Werribee International Horse Centre and determined the horse not suitable to contest the Cox Plate.

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The panel noted the horse presented with the same level of lameness in its off-hind limb as when assessed on Thursday, but the level of lameness in its off-fore limb had increased the past 24 hours.

RV in a statement issued on Friday declared the decision to withdraw Gold Trip as “unanimous”.

“A total of six veterinarians have examined Gold Trip over the past two days for RV and have been unanimous in their decision that the lameness displayed by the horse was not at an acceptable level to pass a pre-race veterinary inspection,” the statement said.

“RV Stewards, in consultation with the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable, have subsequently withdrawn Gold Trip from the Cox Plate acting on veterinary advice.”

The John Bary-trained Callsign Mav was cleared on Friday morning after trotting up to the satisfaction of RV vets at Flemington.

Callsign Mav will join the Danny O’Brien stable after the Cox Plate.

“The (O’Brien) stable removed the horse’s near front shoe overnight, treated the foot and replaced the shoe today with the lameness now resolved,” RV said.

The Kiwi raider, the $71 rank outsider in the Cox Plate, displayed signs of lameness in his left front leg when assessed on Thursday.

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