UK mount Away He Goes out of Melbourne Cup

Hoop James McDonald is likely to be without a Melbourne Cup ride after Away He Goes was ruled out.
Hoop James McDonald is likely to be without a Melbourne Cup ride after Away He Goes was ruled out.

Goodwood Cup runner-up Away He Goes has suffered a late setback which will rule him out of the Melbourne Cup, leaving intended jockey James McDonald unlikely to have a ride.

The news is a blow to connections having gone through the rigorous veterinary checks introduced ahead of this year's Spring Carnival for overseas runners.

Ismail Mohammed's five-year-old, who was last seen finishing seventh in the Ebor, is reported to have suffered a tendon injury.

Crack jockey McDonald had been booked and it was a second big blow for him having also seen his Cox Plate mount, Zaaki, ruled out on the morning of the race.

"I rocked up at Werribee and I walked over to his box and they gave me the bad news," McDonald told www.racing.com.

"The horse actually looked absolutely glowing in the past, but unfortunately, he had a sore leg.

"It's just another one that's gone amiss before a big day.

"As they say, that's racing.

"They're highly tuned athletes that are trained to the absolute peak condition, and anything can happen with them."

Australian Associated Press