Godolphin star sports Cup wound
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.