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Melbourne Cup internationals, including Twilight Payment and Spanish Mission, underwent x-rays of their limbs on Tuesday, as Racing Victoria aim to have their permanent CT scans repaired on Wednesday night.

The broken digital card – although premature with one week before the Cup – is considered a world first malfunction of the party responsible for generating the scanner images.

A cargo flight carrying the U.S. component is scheduled to land on Wednesday, with technicians on standby to repair the $ 1.27 million permanent CT scanner at the U-Vet Equine Center, Werribee.

The standing scanner was introduced in 2019 to help RV and the University of Melbourne understand and further reduce limb injuries in horses.

News Corp Australia understands that the scanner was fully serviced and serviced prior to the Spring Carnival period, but the malfunction, “a truly unique event” could not be predicted.

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An RV spokesperson confirmed that the scanner malfunction will be part of the annual review of the entire spring carnival, including rigorous veterinary processes.

The unfortunate situation has generally triggered discussions within industry groups on the need for integrated security – if current filtering rules remain in place – in the event of further malfunction, given the issues and the impact on connections. .

As announced on Monday, the 15 fourth Melbourne Cup acceptors who had not undergone a permanent scan before the machine failed will be subjected to high-quality x-rays.

The x-rays must be reviewed and approved by three international imaging specialists for the Cup horses to head to Flemington next Tuesday.

RV imposed a strict veterinary screening regime after Anthony Van Dyck last year became the sixth Cup runner in seven years to sustain a catastrophic injury.

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The fact that all four internationals this year went through a series of scans – including the controversial scintigraphy – before arriving in Australia gives RV some clarity and peace of mind.

The standing CT scanner has been used on purpose by Connections previously to check or help diagnose potential problems, but this year all of the Cup horses are due to be scanned before Thursday’s deadline.

If any of the high-quality x-rays taken in the past 48 hours show a concern, horses may need to have a standing CT scan on Thursday, subject to availability.

This would also apply to all Cup nominated horses competing in Wednesday’s Bendigo Cup and who have not yet undergone testing.

Horses undergo a thorough examination beyond testing, including a new veterinary inspection on the eve of the Cup.

What is the standing CT scanner?

A large fixed structure located at the U-Vet Equine Center at the University of Melbourne in Werribee. When it was introduced in 2019, it was the first of its kind in Australia. A second was presented at the Randwick Equine Center in Sydney this year.

Why was the CT scanner introduced? What improvements does it bring?

The standing CT scanner was introduced to understand and help further reduce limb injuries in horses. Besides identifying problems early, before they become serious or fatal, one of the main advantages of the permanent CT scanner is that it can be used on horses with limited sedation. Traditional CT scanners require a horse to undergo general anesthesia, which means it is not suitable for preventative screening of all cutting horses.

Traditional / Old Test Methods

Until 2020, horses were only scanned before the Cup if they were injured or if vets needed additional information to diagnose a possible injury. In 2021, that changed for a preventive scan of all the horses in the Cup, regardless of their condition.

All Cup horses traditionally go through a pre-race veterinary examination – a visual / manipulative assessment where they are trotted in front of a panel of vets – on the Thursday or Friday before the race. This year, another is planned for the day before the Cup.

Which horses have / have not been scanned?

19 of the 35 Melbourne Cup fourth acceptors have been presented for a permanent CT scan since October 16, in accordance with the RV’s veterinary requirements for the race. The four internationals – Spanish Mission, Twilight Payment, Away He Goes and Sir Lucan – were not scanned in Australia but cleared all diagnoses since their last race start and before the start.

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Has the machine already ruled out other horses this year?

Yes, Cup nominees Young Werther and Harpo Marx have been pulled after their scans highlighted areas of concern. All CT scans and X-rays are reviewed by a panel of three specialist veterinarians (one in the US, UK and Australia) and the results are presented to the RV veterinary team to make a decision on suitability. of each horse to run.

Are horses at increased risk of injury without this test?

No, the risk of injury is the same as for any physical / athletic activity.

How much does the machine cost?

RV, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and the state government, invested $ 1.27 million

What if a horse cannot have a standing CT scan?

All acceptors who have not yet had a standing CT scan are scheduled to undergo full, high-quality radiographs of their distal limbs on October 26-27. If X-rays taken at U-Vet identify an area of ​​concern, the horse may be required to have an MRI or CT scan while standing (subject to availability) no later than October 28.

If the spare part arrives on time, can a horse be scanned before Thursday evening?

All the horses in the Cup will undergo a standing CT scan or high-quality x-rays by Thursday evening. Thursday is the deadline for horses that will be lightly sedated for their standing CT scans or x-rays (if needed) to produce a clear drug test for the sedative on the day of the cut.

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