Fingers crossed for Cox Plate

Cambridge trainer Murray Baker is upbeat over the prospects of getting Dundeel to the Cox Plate despite having to pull the pin on a  start in the Gr. 1 $A400,000 Cathay Pacific Caulfield Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Dundeel (It’s A Dundeel in Australia) developed a foot abscess last Thursday and Baker’s travelling foreman Emily Murphy had been working overtime in treating the horse to get him to the Caulfield Stakes.

“He’s out,” Baker told www.theinformant.co.nz today. “The under-run travelled up the back and burst out the bulb of his heel yesterday, but he’s not going to be right to run on Saturday.

“The foot is very tender and he’ll go to the beach for the next few days. The saltwater should help clear it up.

“It’s such a shame he’s going to miss this one. It’s just bad timing. But we’ve still got a good chance to get him to the Cox Plate.

“He’s a very athletic horse and he can still be ready for it.”

The Gr. 1 $A3.3 million Sportingbet Cox Plate (wfa 2040m) is at Moonee Valley on October 26 and Baker says he may consider giving Dundeel a trial between times to keep him up to the mark for the testing event.