Godol­phin star sports Cup wound

Mercury (Hobart) - - RACING -

DE­THRONED as Mel­bourne Cup champion de­spite a brave late surge, Cross Counter will re­quire vet­eri­nary clear­ance be­fore be­ing al­lowed to re­sume his glo­be­trot­ting ca­reer.

The Godol­phin stayer sus­tained wounds to his off-side rear can­non and hock be­fore charg­ing home to fin­ish eighth be­hind Vow And De­clare in Tues­day’s Cup.

Cross Counter has been en­tered in the Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin on De­cem­ber 8, where he could clash with fel­low raiders Ray­mond Tusk, Prince of Ar­ran, Down­draft, La­trobe, Mas­ter of Re­al­ity and Twi­light Pay­ment.

Ray­mond Tusk, who fin­ished 13th in the Cup, will also need to be cleared by vets be­fore rac­ing again. The fiveyear-old suf­fered a wound to his near­side fet­lock. The Lloyd Wil­liams-owned Mas­ter of Re­al­ity (fourth), Twi­light Pay­ment (11th) and La­trobe (17th) will all head back to Ire­land re­gard­less of whether they run in Hong Kong.

Wil­lie Mullins-trained True Self, who was des­per­ately un­lucky in the Gee­long Cup, will con­test Satur­day’s Group 3 Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes (2600m) at Flem­ing­ton. The mare was 25th in the or­der of ac­cep­tances for the Mel­bourne Cup, miss­ing a start by one place, and will be rid­den by Ryan Moore on Satur­day.

Ai­dan O’Brien’s Magic Wand, 10th in the Mel­bourne Cup, is one of three in­ter­na­tional ac­cep­tors in the $2mil­lion Group 1 Mackin­non Stakes (2000m).

Ja­panese pair Kluger and Suzuka De­vi­ous are the others.

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