Cox Plate 2020: Aidan O’Brien pair Armory and Magic Wand in race to prove fitness on eve of classic

Aidan O‘Brien’s stable is locked in a race against time to have Magic Wand fit for the Cox Plate but remains confident Armory will pass a crucial veterinary inspection on Friday.

Magic Wand has an abscess in her off-side front hoof, while Racing Victoria said Armory had presented with a degree of lameness in his near-side fore leg.

O‘Brien’s travelling foreman TJ Comerford said: “Magic Wand has a foot abscess and I’m just waiting for it to release.

“We‘re trying to get it to burst. I told Racing Victoria it’s her foot.

“I‘m here (at Werribee) at the moment tubbing Magic Wand.

Shane O’Brien checks over Armory after his work on Wednesday.Source:Getty Images

“She‘s just a little foot-sore and I’m 100 per cent we’re dealing with an abscess.”

Comerford said Armory’s gait was normal.

“Armory, he’s his usual self,” he said.

“Ben Melham rode him this morning and he was never happier with him. There’s nothing wrong with him.”

A panel of three vets, two from Racing Victoria and an independent vet, will decide whether the pair will be able to run in Saturday’s $5 million event.

Racing Victoria reported no other issues with the remaining Cox Plate acceptors.

Buckhurst, who was a controversial omission from the Cox Plate field, is the emergency for the famous race.

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Sky Racing News Update: Wednesday 21st October 2020

Sky Racing News Update: Wednesday 21st October 2020.

Originally published asClock running: Cox Plate raiders in desperate fitness fight

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