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The leading European hope for the 2021 Melbourne Cup, Spanish Mission is set to undergo a further veterinary examination on Friday after presenting with swelling in his right foreleg after an initial examination

Spanish Mission to undergo late vets check

Spanish Mission was one of a trio of runners that will undergo a further vets inspection before the weekend after presenting with slight injuries. 

The European stayer had already passed initial x-ray workarounds to review any structural damage after Racing Victoria's $1.2m X-ray machine had broken down. 

After arriving at Werribee Quarantine Centre earlier this month Spanish Mission has impressed whilst in the care of Mornington Trainers Tony Noonan and his son Tom on behalf of regular trainer Andrew Balding.

The import, whilst having recent swelling on the right foreleg, hasn’t missed any training or trackwork and continues to prepare for the 3200m handicap next week.

The Andrew Balding stayer remains second favourite for the race that stops a nation at $6 and is believed to have picked up a knock which has caused the swelling.

Noonan’s vet inspected Spanish Mission on Thursday and found no abnormality outside the swelling. 

Alongside Spanish Mission the two other horses to be brought into question are Delphi and Kiwi runner The Chosen One who will also be reviewed again on Friday morning. 

The latest round of issues come as another international runner, Away He Goes was withdrawn on Wednesday after his traveling strapper found a minor tendon issue.

Racing Victoria Veterinarians, contentiously stopped Gold Trip competing in the Cox Plate on Saturday and this week assessed 25 of the 29 runners hoping for a start in the Cup on Tuesday.

A total of just 22 of the remaining hopefuls were passed fit and hoping for a start in the $8m 2021 Melbourne Cup on Tuesday. 

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