Steel Prince cleared for Melbourne Cup start
- Swab tests completed
- Steel Prince cleared to run
Swab results from the Andrew Ramsden Stakes have cleared Steel Prince and sees him eligible for a Melbourne Cup start.
The Irish-bred gelding earned a ballot exemption from the $8 million event when he won the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes at Flemington in May this year.
However, prizemoney payments were put on hold due to a delay in completing swabs tests after the race.
Integrity boss Jamie Steir also stated that the delay was not necessarily an indicator that an integrity issue was present.
Speculation on the issue did continue however, and this became evident with moves in early markets that saw Steel Prince ease in betting while Adelaide Cup winner Surprise Baby came in for additional support.
However, Racing Victoria have now confirmed that there were no irregularities from swabs taken on Andrew Ramsden Stakes day and Steel Prince remains exempt from the Melbourne Cup ballot.
All outstanding prizemoney from the day will be paid out in the coming days.
Currently, Steel Prince remains a $31 chance for the Melbourne Cup with Ladbrokes while Surprise Baby sits on the third line of betting at $21.