Top jockey Jamie Kah will be a notable absentee from the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday as she continues to serve a controversial suspension for breaking Covid-19 rules.
Kah was the talk of Australia at the Melbourne Cup last year as the only female jockey in the race that stops the nation.
She steered Prince of Arran to a third-place finish, not quite emulating Michelle Payne’s famous victory aboard Prince of Penzance in 2015 but doing herself proud nonetheless.
Kah would have been in the great race this year as well if not for a five-month suspension she received after breaching Victoria Covid-19 restrictions by gathering at a rented apartment during lockdown in August.
Kah, Ben Melham, Ethan Brown and apprentice jockey Celine Gaudray were each fined $5452 and had their racing licenses suspended until November 26.
However Kah received an extra two-month ban for allegedly giving misleading evidence during a Racing Victoria inquiry into the scandal.
The Matt Cumani trained Future Score is out of the Melbourne Cup after presenting with the lameness in his right foreleg.
The OTI-owned Future Score and the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained underwent fitness tests on Tuesday morning but the former was not cleared.
OTI Racing hit out at the process on social media, tweeting: “The process behind the scratching of Future Score by RVL vets casts a dark shadow over the integrity and professionalism of trainers and their consulting vets.”
“The process must change. We are extremely disappointed for connections of Future Score with today’s decision,” the tweet continued.
Incentivise heads into this year’s Melbourne Cup as one of the shortest priced favourites since Phar Lap.
Meanwhile, Twilight Payment aims to be the first horse to win consecutive Cups since Makybe Diva.
Two horses had to be vetted before Tuesday morning’s scratching deadline, with Delphi and Future Score both under fitness clouds.