Grahame Begg’s steady has copped one other raceday blow with Lunar Flare being a late scratching from the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington on vets recommendation.
It’s the second time in every week the mare has been a scratching on race morning after she was withdrawn from the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday with lameness within the off fore.
“The Grahame Begg-trained Lunar Flare was inspected on the right track in the present day by three RV veterinarians to find out if the mare was appropriate to race within the Group 3 Queen’s Cup at Flemington in the present day,” Racing Victoria mentioned.
“In the present day’s raceday inspection was undertaken because of the mare being decided unsuitable to race following a veterinary inspection on Melbourne Cup Day morning when the mare was discovered to be lame within the off fore.
“RV veterinarians knowledgeable Stewards this morning that the mare once more introduced with lameness within the off fore and was subsequently withdrawn from in the present day’s race on vets recommendation.”
The Chris Waller-trained Soulcombe is now a $2.50 favorite in betting for the 2600m contest.
Begg, who educated a winner on Cup Day with Vespertine, now simply has the one runner at Flemington with Magic Time going round in race three.
Initially printed as Lunar Flare scratched two instances in every week on vets recommendation