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Melbourne Cup Contender in Race Against Time

Gun sprinter Banjo Boy, who was scratched from Thursday night’s Group 2 Macro Meats Shootout at Sandown Park because of a spider bite, is recovering well from the mishap.

“He was bitten in between two of his back toes and luckily it isn’t too serious. However, he has had an allergic reaction to it which has caused a lot of swelling in his toes,” trainer Ken Virtue said.

Virtue now finds himself in a race against time to get the 2014 Cranbourne Cup winner fit for Thursday night’s heats of the $600,000 TAB Melbourne Cup.

“He has been stood down by a vet for 10 days, which would see him miss the Melbourne Cup heats, but I’ve been informed by Stewards that the vet could reduce this to seven days if he recovers sufficiently over the next few days.”

“This would then allow him to compete in the Melbourne Cup heats,” Virtue said.

Banjo Boy, a three and a half year old son of Vee Man Vane and Off Springer, is an older half brother of champion stayer Sweet It Is.

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Pictured top: Banjo Boy and Ken Virtue. Pic Clint Anderson.

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