Bonneval Deemed Mildly Lame by Head RV Veterinarian
The future of Bonneval, so far as taking part in the Caulfield Cup is concerned, is still murky.
Her participation in the Cup may not be decided until the morning of the race.
Racing Victoria chief veterinarian Grace Forbes had a look at trainer Murray Baker’s horse yesterday afternoon and according to the Herald Sun, had “a one in five degree of lameness. Baker did not agree with that assessment and rather vigorously maintained that Bonneval is sound and ready to run in the Caulfield Cup.
Chief Steward Terry Bailey said that it could be as late as 7:30 in the morning on race day before a decision to clear her or prohibit Bonneval from running. “It’s an on-going situation which we will continue to monitor. If our vets are unhappy with her tomorrow then we’ll continue to stay in discussions with Mr. Baker,” Bailey said.“Our vets will also be in touch with Mr. Baker’s vets.It’s no secret we had our concerns with her on Saturday and Grace Forbes, our head vet, looked at her and she’s not fully satisfied with Bonneval.”
In other words, Mr. Baker, have your people call their people.
Forbes is scheduled to have another look at Bonneval on Thursday afternoon.
As best as we can ascertain, the cut on her rear leg has not been an issue.
Kerrin McEvoy had her out for a short gallop on Wednesday morning and in his opinion, she felt “bright and well.” McEvoy went further in a Twitter post,”Had a sit on Bonneval this morning at Flemington, she is moving well and is nice and bright, final piece of fast work tmrw (tomorrow).
Terry Baker has denied all the past week that the mare came out of the Caulfield Stakes lame. She finished in sixth.
Baker also insists that if he had any doubt about Bonneval’s soundness, he would not even consider running her, but until the stewards issue their pronouncement, unless Baker pulls her ahead of time, the decision is out of his hands.