Loft Out of 2022 Melbourne Cup Field: James McDonald Chasing Replacement Ride

October 28, 2022

Loft Out of 2022 Melbourne Cup Field: James McDonald Chasing Replacement Ride

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In breaking Melbourne Cup 2022 news and a blow for the connections of German raider Loft the Marcel Weiss-trained second favourite has come out of next Tuesday’s $8 million classic with a suspected tendon injury.

Verry Elleegant, James McDonald (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Jockey James McDonald (pictured winning the 2021 Melbourne Cup on Verry Elleegant) could be without a ride in the 2022 race after the shock withdrawal of second favourite Loft. Photo: Steve Hart.

“It’s true,” Loft’s disappointed part-owner Ozzie Kheir confirmed to Racing.com on Friday morning.

“He’s got swelling around his tendon and he definitely won’t be running on Tuesday.”

Loft was heavily supported in Melbourne Cup betting at $7 at the time of his withdrawal trailing only fellow international, English visitor Deauville Legend who will be ridden by three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

The withdrawal of Loft, who was to be ridden by last year’s winning jockey James McDonald, leaves two of Australia’s leading hoops without a current ride in the Group 1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m).

McDonald, who guided Verry Elleegant to victory in the 2021 Melbourne Cup, could sit out the 162nd edition of the world’s richest handicap along with another three-time Cup champion, Damien Oliver, who was booked to ride Chris Waller’s Caulfield Cup champ Durston.

Durston was officially withdrawn on Thursday after failing to pass a mandatory pre-race scan.

Loft came out on Friday morning, but it is unsure whether the horse sustained the tendon injury on Thursday or Friday morning ahead of his inspection by Racing Victoria vets.

“That’s racing,” Kheir said.

“You’ve got to take the bad with the good. But this is pretty tough, especially after Le Don De Vie was ruled out earlier in the week.

“I appreciate all the effort to bring a horse of Loft’s credentials out here and hopefully he’ll recover and he’ll be in the field next year.

“We’ve still got a minor hope if Interpretation gets in. That could be a silver lining.”

Interpretation is prepared in Australia by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace and is now right on the cusp of gaining a start in the official 24-horse Melbourne Cup field.

The five-year-old Galileo entire has had three starts in including Australia performing well second-up when under a length off Lunar Flare finishing third in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2510m).

He was last seen running four lengths back sixth behind Emissary in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) on October 19 and pays $51 in all-in Melbourne Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

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Latest 2022 Melbourne Cup Order Of Entry

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1156×46612 LUNAR FLARE M 7 Grahame Begg 1 51.5kg 0.5kg 101
2 x7x2111x90 POINT NEPEAN (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott 2 51kg 96
3 4x2x12121x DEAUVILLE LEGEND (IRE) G 4 James Ferguson 3 55kg 1.5
4 52x3x33529 GOLD TRIP (FR) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4 57.5kg 113
5 96117×0688 DUAIS M 5 Edward Cummings 5 55.5kg 113
6 14x718x434 MONTEFILIA M 5 David Payne 6 55.5kg 2.5
7 312×322318 HOO YA MAL (GB) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 7 53.5kg 3
8 x3521x1343 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 8 55.5kg 110
9 3122x11x2x LOFT (GER) G 5 Marcel Weiss 9 55.5kg 4
10 11x20311x2 WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE) G 6 Simon & Ed Crisford 10 55.5kg 4
11 x60211x225 NUMERIAN (IRE) G 7 Annabel Neasham 11 55.5kg 110
12 3217x551x8 CAMORRA (IRE) G 6 Ben & JD Hayes 12 55kg 4.5
13 x80314x710 ALEGRON G 4 James Cummings 13 53kg 102
14 0127×96441 STOCKMAN (NZ) G 6 Joseph Pride 14 54kg 5.5
15 32x528x430 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 5 Danny O’Brien 15 54kg 104
16 x8x00x5356 VOW AND DECLARE G 7 Danny O’Brien 16 54kg 104
17 2516x7x594 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 17 53kg 104
18 x33219x700 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 6 Symon Wilde 18 51.5kg 104
19 111213×070 DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) G 5 Phillip Stokes 19 53kg 102
20 2721712382 ARAPAHO (FR) G 6 Bjorn Baker 20 52.5kg 7
21 11119×9000 CRYSTAL PEGASUS (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 21 52kg 101
22 2219×92117 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 22 51.5kg 1.5kg 95
23 53x35x1581 EMISSARY (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney 23 51.5kg 0.5kg 98
24 51x006x033 REALM OF FLOWERS M 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 24 50kg 100
25 9x25x34161 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 25 50kg 97
26 11144×6536 INTERPRETATION (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 26 50kg 95
27 1x01x91423 MAKRAM (IRE) G 6 Ben & JD Hayes 27 50kg 98
28 432164×768 KING OF THE CASTLE (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 28 50kg 80
29 x786x0x090 SERPENTINE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 29 53.5kg 103
30 x0036x8400 CHAPADA G 7 Michael Moroney 30 52.5kg 102
31 883x28x605 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 7 Matt Cumani 31 51.5kg 101
32 346x81x960 SCHABAU (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott 32 50kg 97

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