Cadeaux team wary of virus scare in barn
Australia: Last year's Emirates Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux has been involved in a scare after a horse stabled in the same quarantine barn came down with a virus.
The horse at the centre of the incident is former John Oxx-trained Hartani, who is now in isolation after showing an elevated temperature on Monday night.
The three-year-old, bought by Australian interests to run at next year's spring carnival, is housed in the Vintage Crop barn at the Werribee International Horse Centre - the same barn as the Ed Dunlop-trained Red Cadeaux and the Godolphin pair Cavalryman and Lost In The Moment, plus Fiorente, who is now trained by Gai Waterhouse.
None of them were showing any ill-effects on Tuesday, when Red Cadeaux looked in particularly fine shape during trackwork under big-race rider Michael Rodd.
Racing Victoria (RV) officials confirmed that none of the Cup horses had contracted the virus, adding that Curragh Cup winner Hartani had responded well to treatment.
"As part of the quarantine process, each horse's temperature is checked twice daily," said Brian Stewart, RV head of equine welfare and veterinary service.
"It was established that Hartani had an elevated temperature last night and as a precaution the horse was moved to the isolation box.
"The horse was treated promptly and his temperature had returned to normal this morning. A blood test was performed and the initial reports are that the horse is suffering from a mild viral infection and appears to be recovering quickly.
"As a routine precaution, veterinarians will monitor the horse's progress over coming days, but at this time, we don't expect this to have an impact on the preparation of the international horses being trained from the Vintage Crop Stables."
Red Cadeaux was reunited with big-race jockey Michael Rodd for the first time since the partnership was touched off 12 months ago by Dunaden.
"He's bigger and wider than he was last year and I could really feel it out there on the track," said Rodd, who rode Efficient to win the Cup in 2007.