Star Perth mare Arcadia Queen is under an injury cloud heading into Saturday’s $5m All Star Mile after she shifted a plate in work this morning.
Arcadia Queen who is the $3.30 favourite with Sportsbet in Saturday’s $5m All Star Mile at Moonee Valley racecourse will have to undergo a veterinary inspection on Friday morning to be passed fit to run in the feature event.
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Fellow Group 1 winning mare Shout The Bar will also need a further veterinary inspection before being declared fit to start in the $5 million race at The Valley.
Both mares presented with lameness following compulsory Racing Victoria veterinary checks to assess the suitability of all runners to line up on Saturday.
Shout The Bar presented with ‘two-out-of-five’ lameness while Arcadia Queen was ‘one-out-of-five’ after she had shifted a plate.
Arcadia Queen has subsequently been reshod and both mares will be re-examined by vets on Friday.
Should they be forced out, their places will be taken by Lindsay Park-trained gallopers, first emergency Fifty Stars and second emergency, So Si Bon.
Tom Dabernig, who trains the pair in partnership with Ben Hayes, said the horses had been prepared for Saturday’s race as if they were starting.
Fifty Stars ran tenth to Homesman in last week’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) while So Si Bon was successful in the Listed March Stakes (1400m).
Dabernig said Fifty Stars was a good ‘back-up’ horse, but whether he could do it three weeks in a row was debatable.
“He did some 14 seconds to the furlong this morning, otherwise he’s had an easy week,” Dabernig said.
“The easy thing with backing up is you don’t have to do much during the week and he’s a horse that does run well off a back-up, but can he do it three weeks in a row as well as come back in distance.
“For $5 million we’ll find out.”
Dabernig said if So Si Bon gains a start, he’ll acquit himself well.
“He likes The Valley and doesn’t mind it soft.”
Written by Craig Brennan