EVERY Melbourne Cup runner will have a security guard in the 24-hours leading into the Cup, reports Racing Network. Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey says the security policy worked well last year.
A security guard will be assigned to each horse from 3pm on Monday until the horses make their way into Flemington racecourse.
Bailey says said the guards will monitor and record the movement of horses as well as any treatment administered.
"Every security guard will have a log book to record anything a horse receives," Bailey explains.. "When the security guards arrive on track they will present the log book to the Compliance Assurance Team and they will audit them on the spot."
Kane Ashby, who heads the CAT, has notified all international trainers/travelling forepersons of the rule that prohibits any treatment from midnight on the day before the race.
Bailey says security guards are to be used on other races during the four-day VRC carnival, but they will not be publicised. Some stables may also be "locked down" during the carnival.