The Charlie Appleby-trained Cross Counter has suffered a setback in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup.
Cross Counter, who is high up in Melbourne Cup markets, sustained a cut to his leg which has required veterinary attention and the horse will miss at least a couple of days work.
“It is annoying, but the Cup is over three weeks away and there is time for him to be ready, provided his recovery is as we expect,” Appleby said on the Godolphin website.
“He will be box-rested for two days, the vets will have another look, and then we will assess everything after that.”
While the stable has already won a Group 1 race in Melbourne this spring with Jungle Cat in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes last month, things have not all gone smoothly with Cross Counter the latest horse to suffer a setback.
Emotionless is undergoing bone scans on Monday to determine his suitability to accept for Saturday’s Caulfield Cup after pulling up lame from a gallop.
He has been restricted to light walking duties since last Saturday week.
Charlie Appleby is some trainer, what a year he and Godolphin are having. Sheikh Mohammed will be giving him the freedom of Dubai at this rate, especially if Cross Counter wins the Melbourne Cup
— Lewis Lesbirel (@Lewislesbirel) September 16, 2018
The Melbourne Cup is at Flemington on November 6.