Mourayan Scratched from 2011 Melbourne Cup Field

Lloyd Williams has lost one of his two representatives in the 2011 Melbourne Cup field with his smart stayer Mourayan the first official withdrawal from today’s $6 million Flemington feature.

Mourayan was horse No. 10 in the Melbourne Cup field, and their scratching from the ‘race that stops a nation’ means that just 23 horses will line up in Flemington Race 7 this afternoon.


Mourayan has been scratched from the 2011 Melbourne Cup Field

Drawn in barrier 14, Mourayan was rated a $16 chance in the latest Melbourne Cup betting markets at Luxbet.

Their withdrawal leaves Williams and trainer Robert Hickmott with one remaining Melbourne Cup starter, #17 At First Sight, a horse paying around $14 in the Luxbet markets and that the team rate their Top 4 Melbourne Cup 2011 Tips.

Six-year-old Alhaarth stallion Mourayan was found to be slightly lame after their eye-catching second behind fellow Melbourne Cup acceptor Tullamore ($21 Luxbet) in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Derby Day.

After the race vets examined them and said they were still suitable to be accepted for the Melbourne Cup, which they were.

Having failed to improve as expected, however, Mourayan has been scratched from the 2011 Melbourne Cup on vets advice.

This news will come as a bitter blow to those in the Luca Cumani camp as their horse Bauer, the popular grey veteran runner-up to Viewed in the 2008 Melbourne Cup, missed out on a start in the 2011 Melbourne Cup having just missed the final cut sitting 25th on the order of entry at acceptance time last Saturday.

There are no Melbourne Cup emergencies as per the official race conditions.

It will be the second successive year that a below capacity Melbourne Cup field jumps from the barriers at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.

Twelve months ago it was actually Bauer who was withdrawn due to injury concerns, Americain emerging as last year’s Melbourne Cup winner.

Americain is back again for the 2011 Melbourne Cup to defend their title and prior to the scratching of Mourayan were sitting as the $5 favourite in the Luxbet Melbourne Cup odds.

See below for the updated 2011 Melbourne Cup field.

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Updated 2011 Melbourne Cup Field

*Note horses drawn in barrier 15 – 24 will all move in one gate due to the scratching of Mourayan

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 13X66X10X1 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre Gerald Mosse 15 58kg 117
2 01794X1311 JUKEBOX JURY (IRE) Mark Johnston Neil Callan 6 57kg 115
3 12X3X12X91 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles Christophe Lemaire (late alt) 13 54.5kg (Pen. 0.5kg) 111
4 X446X13137 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani Dwayne Dunn 8 54kg 110
5 2312X24201 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney Ms Lisa Cropp 23 54kg 115
6 2573X34844 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani Damien Oliver 21 54kg 110
7 3621X5X406 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent Brad Rawiller (late alt) 7 54kg 110
8 2164112461 FOX HUNT (IRE) Mark Johnston Silvestre De Sousa 19 53.5kg (Pen. 0.5kg) 109
9 111X4215X5 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman Corey Brown 11 53.5kg 109
10 2042X04312 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 14 53.5kg 108
11 X025X67009 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings Darren Beadman 2 53.5kg 107
12 9X20141053 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop Michael Rodd 16 53.5kg 109
13 341FX60220 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 18 53kg 109
14 262X1421X3 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings Jim Cassidy 1 53kg 106
15 189X223274 LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor William Buick 3 53kg 108
16 12X1X02241 MODUN (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Kerrin McEvoy 5 53kg 108
17 23245X0622 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott Steven King 10 52.5kg 106
18 2DX2235013 MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB) Brian Ellison Brett Prebble 17 52kg 103
19 534X755580 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Brian Ellison Chris Symons 22 52kg 103
20 41312X8070 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Luke Nolen 24 52kg 108
21 2114331510 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller Craig Newitt 4 52kg (Pen. 2.0kg) 105
22 1421X83832 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Chris Munce 12 52kg 106
23 0121X07201 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dean Yendall 9 51kg 101
24 1142X06530 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 20 51kg 103