Melbourne Cup Scratchings 2022

Melbourne Cup Scratchings

No doubt debate will again take place on whether emergencies should be included in the Melbourne Cup following two scratchings in 2022.

Point Nepean was scratched on Monday morning with trainer Robert Hickmott advising Racing Victoria (RV) stewards that the horse had returned elevated blood results.

RV vets saw signs of Grahame Begg’s mare Lunar Flare showing lameness in the off fore and was passed not fit on Tuesday morning.

The scratching of Point Nepean leaves Irish jockey Wayne Lordan without a ride in the Melbourne Cup having travelled half-way around the world for the iconic event, while in-form local hoop Michael Dee misses out on Lunar Flare.

Dee has been in hot form this spring with wins in the Caulfield Cup (2400m) aboard Durston and then the Victoria Derby (2500m) when steering Manzoice to victory.


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