The application of baby oil to the testicles, a practice used to help lubricate the galloping action, didn’t help Adelaide in Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick.

Old-timers used to apply grease or oil to the hooves, even more recently in the Melbourne Cup, to help horses get through the wet. But nothing less than a tow-truck would have helped Adelaide through the bog.

When stewards were told about the therapeutic massage, which was later described as a “common” practice, officials went into overdrive, with Racing NSW vet Craig Suann sent to examine the situation.