Next year’s $6.2 million Melbourne Cup will for the first time have two and possibly four emergencies, ending a 150-year tradition of being the only major race in Australia not to have reserve runners.
Some senior VRC officials and the state’s racing minister Martin Pakula believe that it is time the long-held convention of no emergencies ended.
It’s believed the debate about having reserves was reignited when the Chris Waller trained Who Shot Thebarman was scratched from the Cup on Sunday afternoon suffering from an elevated temperature.
An elevated temperature is generally an indication of the onset of an infection, often viral or bacterial, and in most cases the lung respiratory system. Read More…