Irish mare profoundly better.

The good news continued for the international contingent preparing for the Melbourne Cup today with the Irish mare Profound Beauty coming through her latest test in perfect order.

Dermot Weld Profound Beauty had been under a cloud late last week after bruising a foot when she spread a plate on Tuesday.

But four days of intensive treatment have done the job and the mare was sound and pain-free as she exercised at Sandown today.

“It’s well behind us,” said David Phillips, head lad for trainer Dermot Weld.

Phillips also dismissed any concerns Profound Beauty’s preparation might have suffered as a result of the setback.

“There’s no worries there’s no panic,” he said.

“She was fit coming out and she’s easy enough to train.

“We’ll just kick on from here.”

Profound Beauty did a slow, 2000m canter at Sandown today and showed no sign of lameness of discomfort.

“She moved a dream this morning,” Phillips said.

“Pulled up lovely and cooled down a treat.”

With everything back on track, Phillips said the mare’s work would be slowly stepped up over the coming week, beginning with a 2000m canter tomorrow.

“If we’re happy with that we might do a little pipe-opener on Tuesday,” he said.

“Nothing serious, just step up a fraction.”

The English representative Yellowstone will also be asked to do a bit more over the next few days while the French mare Varavees will maintain her already solid preparation.
By Mike Hedge