Baker insists Bonneval right for Cup

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October 19, 2017 - 09:27 AM

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One-time Caulfield Cup favourite Bonneval will have to be passed fit by Racing Victoria vets to take her place in the race despite trainer Murray Baker insisting she is fine.

Baker's vets have passed the mare but RV chief steward Terry Bailey says she needs to satisfy the regulatory body.

RV vets said on Wednesday Bonneval was Grade 1 out of 5 lame in her right foreleg which is at the low end of the scale.

They will examine her again on Thursday afternoon but both Baker and jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who has ridden her twice in work this week, say she is striding freely.

"She's in excellent health and we're very happy with her this week," Baker said.

"She's fit and seems good as gold."

McEvoy said in his opinion the mare was "free as a bell".

"I'd be surprised if she's not right to take her spot on Saturday," McEvoy said.

Bonneval is out to $8 after being as short as $5.50 for the Caulfield Cup.