THE Group 1 $1.5 Blue Diamond has been rocked with hot favourite Enthaar and the fancied Dosh found with degrees of lameness in the off fore.
Marine One is the third Caulfield-trained horse to fall awry of Racing Victoria’s veterinary squad, with the Lloyd Kennewell juvenile currently rated only a 50-50 chance of lining up in Saturday’s feature.
The query around Enthaar is a hammer blow to the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable, desperate to win the elusive Diamond.
Former stable star Jukebox, a horse the stable considered its best chance to win Melbourne’s premier two year-old race, was scratched on the eve of the 2017 edition.
The trio will be checked again on Friday.
Like Marine One and a lot of juvenile runners, Enthaar is known to have a naturally awkward gait.
A stable source, while reluctant to shed too much light on the situation, said the boom filly “should be fine”.
Ciaron Maher Racing assistant trainer Lucy Yeomans on Thursday said Enthaar pulled a shoe during a light piece of work at the beach.
“We just hope for her to run well and come home safely,” Yeomans said.
“We obviously think she’s a fast horse and really happy with how she’s training but two year old races are very hard to pick … we think we’ve got the best horse in the race.
“We’re as confident as you can be going into a Group 1.”
Racing Victoria announced the results of the veterinary checks early on Thursday, even before at least one of the affected stables was able to alert his owners.
Despite the morning shock and impending sleepless night, Kennewell has backed his team to get Marine One up for the big race.
“It’s quite tricky, he’s not the smoothest gaited horse at times but he’s obviously running very fast closing sectionals in the Preview and Prelude,” Kennewell said.
“In fairness his work Tuesday morning was very good … but got a bit of a pulse in that near fore foot and a bit of heel pain, it’s what my vets and farriers get paid the big bucks for and we got to try and sort him out the next 24 hours.
“It was marginally there (lameness) and definitely caught us by surprise a bit.”
Originally published asConcerns for hot favourite Enthaar on Blue Diamond eve
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