Breaking News: Cavalryman has been scratched on the morning of the Melbourne Cup, after vets confirmed the horse was suffering an injury to his near fore fetlock. The Cup will run with 22 starters, with jockey Craig Williams now missing a ride in the race that stops a nation.
Cavalryman, trained by the powerful Godolphin stable, ran in the Cup in 2012, was given an outside chance by most tippers, with The Roar‘s own Justin Cinque summing up his chances as: “An outsider that can win the Cup.”
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Roar expert Andrew Lemon tipped him to have a strong run in what is a tough race to pick, but the latest revelations put his participation in serious doubt.
He was scratched on vets advice at 7:43am with heat in his fore fetlock.
Racing Victoria chief vet Dr Brian Stewart said he wasn’t happy for Cavalryman to run “on a performance point of view, but also a safety point of view”.
Cavalryman is the second horse scratched from the race, after outsider Sea Moon was ruled out due to injury.
Godolphin’s lone chance in the race is now Willing Foe, a $26 chance to be ridden by James McDonald.