Gytrash and Savatiano to have further vet scrutiny ahead of Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup

The two favourites for Saturday’s Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm are in some doubt with lameness issues and must be re-examined by vets on Friday before being cleared to take their place in the $700,000 spring feature.

Group 1 winners Gytrash, South Australia’s star horse, and Godolphin galloper Savatiano are the betting fancies for the 1300m weight-for-age sprint.

Savatiano has been well-backed into $3.90 favouritism while Gytrash, who was able to fly up earlier this week after travel plans had been initially thrown into chaos by a COVID horse flight drama, is the $4.80 second pick.

Gytrash will also undergo a vet inspection. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

But on Thursday night, a statement from the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission said: “An examination of Kingsford-Smith Cup runners found Gytrash to be exhibiting lameness in the near-foreleg, Savatiano was exhibiting mild lameness in the off-foreleg and Savatoxl was mildly lame in the near-fore leg.”

Another Group 1 winner, Savatoxl, who won The Goodwood last start, will also face further vet scrutiny on Friday before being given the green light to start in the Kingsford-Smith.

“Savatoxl was mildly lame in the near-foreleg,” QRIC said.

Chris Waller-trained Group 1 Queensland Derby runner Quiet Michael, a $26 chance, “has some mild lameness in the off-foreleg” and will also require a further vet examination on Friday.

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Originally published asSavatiano, Gytrash in doubt for Kingsford-Smith

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