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Bite Rules Fanatic Out Of Cup

Friday, 14th October 2016

New Zealand mare and classic winner Fanatic (Shocking-Komplete Klass, by Groom Dancer) has been forced out of tomorrow's Gr1 Caulfield Cup due to a freak incident, reports NZ Racing Desk. Debbie Sweeney was set to join her father and training partner Graeme Sanders in Melbourne for the $3 million staying feature when she received a phone call relaying the worst of news. "Dad rang me and they seem to think the mare has been bitten by a spider – there's a puncture wound there and her leg was swollen and tender," Sweeney said. "Just in case, she has been scanned but nothing else has showed up. It's the last thing you would ever expect to happen." Sweeney added: "Everything was good with her and then Dad looked at her first thing this morning and knew she was in trouble. She'll be monitored over the next few days and hopefully she comes right soon."

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