Racing Victoria stewards have analysed Melbourne Cup betting movements after Russian Camelot drifted alarmingly on betting exchanges, sparking fears something was amiss with the import.
While social media was awash with rumours, trainer Danny O’Brien said the SA Derby winner had thrived since his Cox Plate third behind Sir Dragonet and Armory.
“He’s in great order, he’s never been better,” O’Brien said on Friday.
“He’s come on since the Cox Plate and we’re happy with him going into the Melbourne Cup.
“He’s down at Thirteenth Beach and he’s very bright.”
Russian Camelot is in “great order” heading into the Melbourne Cup. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Russian Camelot drifted from $11 to $13 with TAB despite RV stewards indicating there were no reports the import was either injured or unwell.
RV’s investigation showed there was a small amount of activity on betting exchanges with players prepared to briefly offer between $40 and $60 about the Cox Plate placegetter.
The price was no longer available by mid-afternoon Friday.
Racing Victoria vets declared Oceanex and Warning fit to run in the Melbourne Cup after the pair showed degrees of lameness midweek.
Oceanex has been reshod with a three-quarter plate and is moving without lameness.
There was a similarly upbeat report around Victoria Derby winner Warning, who will undergo another precautionary vet check on Saturday.
Nickajack Cave, who sits outside the top 24, was also passed fit, but Chapada failed his test.
RV will conduct more veterinary tests following the Lexus Hotham Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
The winner of the race will secure a ballot exemption into the Melbourne Cup. The sole Hotham runner without a Cup nomination is Brimham Rocks.
OTI-owned True Self, trained by Willie Mullins, is currently 24th in Cup order but can be displaced by the Hotham winner.
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