Punters to sweat over fitness of Blue Diamond favourite Enthaar – Sydney Morning Herald



“We trotted her up and as far as I am concerned, she is moving no different to normal.

“She is always a bit shuffly. She’s fairly immature, still growing a lot. She galloped this morning, maybe it was from that? She is fine.

“She was due to get her feet redone today or tomorrow, but apart from that she will do what she normally does. She will go for a wade tomorrow, like she normally does.

“So all should be OK.”


Kennewell told The Age that Marine One had a pulse in her leg, but he was confident the issue would be overcome by Friday’s second set of inspections. Begg also said he was comfortable Dosh would overcome a bruised heel on the eve of the Diamond.

But Begg told Racing.com he wouldn’t take any risks with the filly.

“She has some bruising on the near fore that we are addressing. We have already taken the shoe off and will do some cold icing,” Begg said.

“It can go either way. If it goes the right way she will be fine to run and it could improve rapidly.

“She reacted to the hoof testing on bruising to the inside heel. But we won’t be taking any chances.”

While Maher expressed confidence that Enthaar would be declared fit to run on Saturday, the stable has been left waiting on the discretion of vets in the lead-up to previous Blue Diamond runnings.

In 2017, stewards scratched high-profile juvenile Jukebox on the Friday afternoon before the race after he showed signs of lameness in his near fore.

Maher, who has a brilliant record training two-year-olds but is yet to win the Blue Diamond, has said previously that Jukebox might have been his best chance prior to this year’s edition with Enthaar.

Stewards also asked to inspect Loving Gaby and Mick Price’s Shotmaker a second time prior to the 2019 Diamond before both runners were passed fit to race.

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