Key Caulfield Cup runner Bonneval has been reported lame by stewards since her run in the Caulfield Stakes despite her trainer Murray Baker thinking otherwise but this mornings scans have provided some good news for the NZ mare.
Baker’s vets have passed the mare but RV chief steward Terry Bailey says she needs to satisfy the regulatory body.
RV vets said on Wednesday Bonneval was Grade 1 out of 5 lame in her right foreleg which is at the low end of the scale.
They will examine her again on Thursday afternoon but both Baker and jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who has ridden her twice in work this week, say she is striding freely.
“She’s in excellent health and we’re very happy with her this week,” Baker said.
“She’s fit and seems good as gold.”
McEvoy said in his opinion the mare was “free as a bell”.
“I’d be surprised if she’s not right to take her spot on Saturday,” McEvoy said.
Bonneval is the equal $8.50 second favourite in the race with Neds.
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Trainer Murray Baker says Racing Vic vets have taken scans of Bonneval suspensory's this morning at Flemington. Nothing found amiss.
— Andrew Bensley (@AndrewBensley) October 18, 2017
Murray Baker says Bonneval scans have come back all clear
— Ben Dorries (@bendorries76) October 18, 2017