THREE-TIME Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Glen Boss yesterday declared Profound Beauty, his mount in this year’s race, was a risk to run a strong two miles.
Following Boss’s admission that the Dermot Weld-trained Profound Beauty may be "too sharp" to run out a strong 3200 metres at Flemington in three days, Newcastle trainer Paul Perry scratched his The Metropolitan winner Newport from today’s Saab Quality and will bank on a high attrition rate among higher-ranked rivals for his charge to gain a start in the Cup.
Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor painted a grim picture at Sandown yesterday about the Cup prospects of Caulfield Cup winner All The Good, which is lame and did not work.
And late yesterday Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey reported All The Good had a small fracture in his off-fore leg and had been officially withdrawn from the Melbourne Cup.
Dual group 1 winner Riva San, which has lost form, also will not take her place, with trainer Peter Moody saying: "We have just decided not to run her."
Boss, who rides Paddy O’Reilly in today’s Victoria Derby, raised the query about Profound Beauty after its impressive track gallop at Sandown in which it hooked up with French mare Varevees.
"She’s very sharp, she gives me the feel like she may be too sharp," Boss said. "I’ve had a feeling in the back of my mind that the distance might be a bit of a query and, after riding her this morning, she gives me the feeling she would be an amazing mile-and-a-half [2400m] horse.
"At some stage, she’s going to put herself into the picture and look competitive in the race but it’s going to be a very true-run race and the last furlong might find her out. But that remains to be seen."
In an explosive morning at Sandown, British-based trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam was left fuming with Racing Victoria veterinarians, who would not clear her stayer Yellowstone to start in the Cup.
Yellowstone was found to be lame on Tuesday after becoming cast in its box on Monday night.
Chapple-Hyam will take Yellowstone to Flemington this morning for a crucial 1400m gallop, which will be watched by two RV vets, who will then decide its Melbourne Cup fate. "I don’t know, maybe they should go back to veterinary school," Chapple-Hyam said after Yellowstone was examined. "I wouldn’t run him, I wouldn’t risk him, if I didn’t think he was sound and correct."
Speaking of the delay in being cleared to run, she said: "It’s a pain in the backside. I don’t need it. I just want to go over to Flemington and let him have a look around. He’ll work over 1400m [today] and quicken up the last 400m."
Meanwhile, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Melbourne Cup favourite Septimus, which yesterday attracted a bet of $100,000 at $4.60 with Betchoice南京夜网, had its final hard gallop before Tuesday when edging out stablemates Honolulu and Alessandro Volta with race jockey Johnny Murtagh in the saddle.
"The gallop was good, I was happy with it," Murtagh said. "He travelled in behind them and he quickened out and stretched out well the last two furlongs, so he’s in top shape and he’s been progressing all the time, and I know when it comes to Melbourne Cup day he’ll be 110 per cent ready to go.
"He’s very straightforward, always goes and does his work, and I think he’s as good now as he’s ever been."
Murtagh is tipping "Irish domination" in the Melbourne Cup, which he rates as one of the better ones of recent years, and said he was high on confidence.
"If I’m not confident, the horses have a good sense to feel it off you so you have to be confident," the Irishman said.
"I’m a positive guy in life, and I feel it’s served me well in recent years, and that’s the way I like to keep it." COMING UP ■ Sunday’s Sun-Herald: 12-page Melbourne Cup liftout including sweep, fields, latest news.
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