Melbourne Cup favorite Incentivize was injured during the race, sent for scanning

Melbourne Cup favorite Incentivize suffered a leg injury during its brave attempt to hold back Verry Elleegant over $ 8 million.

Coach Peter Moody told Racing Victoria stewards that Incentivize had swelling in his near forelegs after cooling down after his second placement to Verry Elleegant.

He said the Caulfield Cup winner would be judged by a stable veterinarian over the next few days.

Incentivize made a bold bid for the Melbourne Cup glory after pushing itself forward to drive on the go.

He took control of the 400m race, only for Verry Elleegant to arrive on stage shortly after and put the result in doubt.

Incentivize kept the British Spanish mission at bay to hold down as number two in its first attempt at 3,200m.

Geelong Cup winner Tralee Rose was also injured when she was galloped on by another runner in the early stages.

Verry Elleegant, ridden by a red silk jockey, runs in front of Incentivise, ridden by a green silk jockey
Incentive could not go with Verry Elleegant.(Getty Images: Vince Caligiuri)

She finished in ninth place but was rushed to a veterinary clinic for treatment for a leg ulcer.

Tralee Rose’s jockey Dean Holland was one of two riders suspended from the Cup.

He pleaded guilty to careless riding for causing disturbance to New Zealand guest The Chosen One.

Master jockey Damien Oliver at Delphi also pleaded guilty to careless riding, which led to Carif suffering disruption.

Oliver was suspended for 11 meetings and will start his quarantine after Thursday’s VRC Oaks meeting.

Verry Elleegant became the first mare to win the Melbourne Cup since the legendary Makybe Diva completed a hat trick with victories in 2005.

Her victory for coach Chris Waller and jockey James McDonald ranks as a crowning achievement in a decorated racing career.

McDonald says Verry Elleegant deserves to be judged along with the greats on the Australian turf.

“They can safely say she’s a champion now,” McDonald said.

Verry Elleegant was sent off with a $ 18 chance before running away to beat Incentivize ($ 2.90) by four lengths.

Spanish Mission ($ 10) was the better of the two overseas horses in third place, with last year’s winner Twilight Payment finishing in 11th place out of the 23 runners, nearly 20 lengths from the winner.

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