Mongolian Khan’s Cup dream dashed

A colic attack has dealt a cruel blow to Mongolian Khan's Melbourne Cup prospects.  (Photo: Wally O'Hearn)

A colic attack has dealt a cruel blow to Mongolian Khan’s Melbourne Cup prospects. (Photo: Wally O’Hearn)

Mongolian Khan’s chances of completing the notable Caulfield – Melbourne Cup double have been extinguished.

The triple Group One winner has suffered a colic attack and been taken to the Werribee Veterinary Clinic for treatment.

Racing Victoria stewards made the colic attack announcement this morning after being advised of the development by Mongolian Khan’s co-trainer Murray Baker.

Baker had planned to gallop Mongolian Khan this morning, but signs of scouring resulted in the horse being given quieter work .His condition became much worse when returned to his stable and he is being treated for colic.

Obviously Mongolian Khan’s connections are “gutted” by the major setback. Baker had been thrilled with the way Mongolian Khan had come through his Caulfield Cup win and had done leading up to this morning.

The TAB suspended its Melbourne Cup market when news of Mongolian Khan’s illness broke but re-opened betting soon after with Mongolian Khan drifting and tagged as a doubtful runner.

It now seems almost certain Mongolian Khan will return to New Zealand without another race this campaign. Obviously the number one priority is to get the superstar back to full health.

Mongolian Khan had looked New Zealand’s best chance to win the Caulfield – Melbourne Cups double since the mighty Cambridge mare Ethereal achieved the feat in 2001.