The controversial standing CT scanner on the centre of obligatory Melbourne Cup scanning for all runners has suffered mechanical issues and consequently has been taken out of motion.
Racing Victoria (RV) suggested on Monday afternoon that the scanner on the U-Vet Equine Centre had incurred a mechanical challenge and is out of operation.
The result’s the obligatory scanning of Melbourne Cup entrants was unable to proceed as deliberate on Sunday and Monday.
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“RV has been working with U-Vet and the producers to supply a alternative half which is in transit from the USA, noting that present COVID impacts on worldwide journey will affect its supply time,” Racing Victoria stated in a press release.
“The present expectations are that the scanner is not going to be operational till a minimum of this Thursday, 28 October, being the ultimate day on which standing CT scans could also be undertaken for the Melbourne Cup.
“A complete of 19 of the 35 fourth acceptors for the Melbourne Cup have been offered for a standing CT scan since 16 October 2021 in accordance with the veterinary necessities for the race.
“The RV Board met this afternoon (Monday) to think about the scenario and has decided the next for the 2021 Melbourne Cup in mild of the problem:
– All acceptors but to bear a standing CT scan since 16 October 2021, are required to current to U-Vet for complete high-quality X-rays of their distal limbs on Tuesday, 26 October or Wednesday, 27 October;
– The X-ray outcomes from U-Vet shall be reviewed by the three worldwide imaging specialists, as have the standing CT scans taken to this point;
– Ought to the X-rays taken at U-Vet establish any space of concern, then the horse could also be required to undertake an MRI or standing CT scan (topic to availability) on or earlier than Thursday, 28 October;
– Ought to the standing CT scanner be operational on Thursday, 28 October then any horse that has not offered for a CT scan (at U-Vet or Randwick Equine Centre) or for X-rays at U-Vet earlier than that date; or been flagged for additional examination, shall be required to bear a CT scan on that day;
– Ought to the standing CT scanner not be operational on Thursday, 28 October, then any horse nonetheless to be offered for diagnostic imaging shall be required to take action at U-Vet on that day for complete high-quality X-rays of their distal limbs.
“In reaching this determination, the RV Board was knowledgeable that the method for assortment of X-rays at U-Vet can be similar to that for a standing CT scan, thus having no larger affect on the preparation of a horse who isn’t required to overlook any work.”
RV Govt Common Supervisor – Integrity Companies, Jamie Stier, stated: “Since its set up two years in the past, U-Vet advise that the standing CT scanner has examined over 200 horses, and that is the primary time it’s had a mechanical challenge so the timing is each unlucky and disappointing.
“We’re taking a practical method to the scenario. All Melbourne Cup acceptors will nonetheless be subjected to elevated and unprecedented veterinary scrutiny utilizing different diagnostic imaging at U-Vet earlier than being cleared to begin in subsequent Tuesday’s race.
“While our choice stays to make use of the expertise provided by the standing CT scanner, in its momentary absence we all know that the X-rays taken at U-Vet will present us with improved oversight of the remaining horses, significantly compared to earlier years, and assist to establish any areas that require additional examination.
“This was deemed the fairest and most applicable determination within the circumstances in order to not penalise the connections of these horses who had not been submitted for a standing CT scan since 16 October by excluding them from the race.
“It’s famous that every one horses will nonetheless be required to bear two veterinary examinations by RV previous to the Melbourne Cup, together with an extra examination on the Monday previous to the race, and that the 4 worldwide runners have all undergone superior diagnostic imaging since their final begin.
“Importantly for all connections, all horses shall be on a stage enjoying subject having all submitted to U-Vet or the Randwick Equine Centre for diagnostic imaging. Equally, these horses submitting for X-rays is not going to be required to overlook any work within the lead-up to the Cup, as those that have been CT scanned haven’t.”
RV and U-Vet are speaking straight with the connections of the affected horses and can present an replace on the resumption of the standing CT scanner over the approaching days.