Peter Moody import Nickajack Cave banned in Victoria but not NSW

Nickajack Cave landed in Australia to win last year’s Melbourne Cup but the import still remains banned from racing in Victoria.

Nickajack Cave just missed the final 24 that competed in the Melbourne Cup but it was debatable whether the stayer would have been allowed to run in the Flemington event last November.

Racing Victoria vets have ruled Nickajack Cave unfit to race in their jurisdiction but Racing NSW had no issue allowing the horse to compete in Sydney.

RV vets were under fire during the week after the release into the report on the death of Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck in last year’s Melbourne Cup.

Nickajack Cave raced in Sydney without incident on April 3.

The gelding finished 10th, beaten six lengths, to Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes.

But Nickajack Cave was scratched from a 2600m race at Flemington on Anzac Day.

Moody will send the grey to Monday’s Cranbourne trials in a bid to convince Racing Victoria vets the horse is fit to race.

RV’s chief steward Robert Cram said multiple inspections of Nickajack Cave showed the horse’s action was a concern.

“Our vets inspected him some time ago and found him to be short in his action,” Cram said.

“They have looked at him since he’s been back from Sydney and found him not suitable to race.”

Racing Victoria’s chief steward Robert Cram says vets must clear Nickajack Cave before the Peter Moody-trained import’s racing ban is lifted. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Nickajack Cave could win Monday’s heat by a big space but Cram said that would not necessarily guarantee a veterinary clearance for the five-year-old.

“He’ll have to pass a veterinary inspection before he races,” Cram said.

“I’d say he’d be looked at before the trial and after the trial.

“These things can change from week to week so it will be the decision of our vets to decide whether he races her in Victoria.”

Moody has maintained Nickajack Cave merely has an unusual hind action rather than an injury.

Moody told back in March he has sent the horse’s CT scans and X-rays to both Racing Victoria and Racing NSW but the southern vets refused to let the grey race.

Moody is attempting to qualify Nickajack Cave for the 2021 Melbourne Cup via this month’s Andrew Ramsden (2800m) at Flemington, which offers a ballot exemption to the winner.

Originally published asMoody’s Cup hopeful banned in Victoria but not NSW

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