4 Dec 2008

Melbourne Cup inquiry result expected today

6:01 am on 4 December 2008

The outcome of an investigation into whether Melbourne Cup runner-up Bauer received banned medical treatment before the race earlier this month will be made public this afternoon.

The Luca Cumani-trained stallion, beaten a nose by Viewed in the Cup on the 4th of November, has been the subject of a Racing Victoria investigation into the possibility that the horse had received electro-shockwave therapy in the week leading up the race.

The practice is banned in Australia so close to the race, though Cumani, whose stables are based in Newmarket, England, said it was allowed in Britain until race day. Bauer received treatment on the Thursday before the Tuesday race.

The vet who recommended the treatment was appointed by Racing Victoria to look after Cumani's horses.