Godolphin’s Kirklees is one of two high-profile scratchings from Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor was unhappy with the condition of the five-year-old after arriving in Melbourne and feels he is not ready to take his chance in Tuesday’s contest.
“The horse is not injured (but) he does not look as good as he was back in England so he will not be running in the Cup,” said bin Suroor.
With Kirklees not running, Frankie Dettori will now not be heading to Melbourne and Kerrin McEvoy will ride stablemate Crime Scene, who will race in blinkers for the first time.
Bin Suroor said he expected Crime Scene would run well in the Cup, particularly if there was any rain on Tuesday.
An hour after the news of Kirklees’ scratching, Racing Victoria stewards announced that 2007 Cup winner Efficient would not be running in this year’s event either.
Owner Lloyd Williams and trainer John Sadler have decided it is in Efficient’s welfare to miss the gruelling handicap as the stable manages a long-term injury to the horse’s off foreleg.
In other news from Sandown, Chris Waller was on hand for Warringah’s final serious gallop before the Cup, while David Hayes said Changingoftheguard would do striding work on Sunday and then be transferred to his Flemington stables for the final stages of his preparation.
“He felt the effects of his gallop (on Thursday) and I think getting back to a full stable environment will do him good,” said Hayes.