2022 Melbourne Cup Field Update: Caulfield Cup Winner Durston Ruled Out After Scan

October 27, 2022

2022 Melbourne Cup Field Update: Caulfield Cup Winner Durston Ruled Out After Scan

In a devastating blow for the Chris Waller stable, this year’s Caulfield Cup champion Durston has been ruled out of next Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup 2022 field after failing to pass a mandatory pre-race scan.

2022 Caulfield Cup Winner Durston | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Races.com.au

Caulfield Cup champ Durston has been ruled out of the 2022 Melbourne Cup due to injury. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Leading local hope for the 162nd edition of the Group 1 $7.75 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m), Durston, has officially been withdrawn after failing his scan less than a week out from the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Chris Waller Racing confirmed the news in a statement issued on Thursday morning explaining Durston’s scan showed a “grey area” in his left hind leg.

Despite specialists yet to determine “whether it is old or new or whether it is even something to be concerned about”, Durston has been forced to withdraw.

“It is very disappointing for all connections of the horse as well as my stable because so much time and effort goes into these horses; it’s just heart breaking,” Waller said.

The seven-year-old Sea The Moon chestnut, winner of the Wyong Gold Cup – Newcastle Gold Cup double in September, was huge thundering home on October 15 for a narrow win at big odds in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) having made the field as the first emergency the morning of.

Jockey Damien Oliver was booked to ride him in the Melbourne Cup on November 1st where Durston would have been looking to become the 12th Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double winner in history and the first since Ethereal (2001).

Durston was at $15 in pre-field Melbourne Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au at the time of his withdrawal.

Updated all-in Melbourne Cup odds have international raiders Deauville Legend ($5) and Loft ($7) as the favourites to be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy and James McDonald respectively.

The news of Durston’s withdawal sees the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained So You Think mare Realm Of Flowers, third in the Group 1 The Metropolitan in Sydney last start, move up to number 24 on the official Melbourne Cup order of entry with 50kg.

Geelong Cup winner Emissary (51.5kg) for Michael Moroney is now confirmed a start in the 24-horse Cup field elevated to number 23 at $26 odds.

High Emocean for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace remains right on the cusp of a run after her Group 3 $500,000 Bendigo Cup victory on Wednesday in No. 25 position with 50kg.

Connections are now relying on the attrition rate to get her in after news from RV Head of Handicapping, David Heagan, that she would not receive a penalty.

Saturday’s Group 3 Lexus Archer Stakes (2500m) on Derby Day offers a final chance into the Melbourne Cup field for the winner should they be nominated.

Click here for the latest Melbourne Cup 2022 betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

Updated 2022 Melbourne Cup Order Of Entry

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1156×46612 LUNAR FLARE M 7 Grahame Begg 1 51.5kg 0.5kg 6.5
2 x7x2111x90 POINT NEPEAN (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott 2 51kg 8.5
3 4x2x12121x DEAUVILLE LEGEND (IRE) G 4 James Ferguson 3 55kg 1.5
4 52x3x33529 GOLD TRIP (FR) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4 57.5kg 2
5 96117×0688 DUAIS M 5 Edward Cummings 5 55.5kg 2.5
6 14x718x434 MONTEFILIA M 5 David Payne 6 55.5kg 2.5
7 312×322318 HOO YA MAL (GB) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 7 53.5kg 3
8 x3521x1343 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 8 55.5kg 4
9 3122x11x2x LOFT (GER) G 5 Marcel Weiss 9 55.5kg 4
10 11x20311x2 WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE) G 6 Simon & Ed Crisford 10 55.5kg 4
11 x60211x225 NUMERIAN (IRE) G 7 Annabel Neasham 11 55.5kg 4
12 3217x551x8 CAMORRA (IRE) G 6 Ben & JD Hayes 12 55kg 4.5
13 x80314x710 ALEGRON G 4 James Cummings 13 53kg 5
14 0127×96441 STOCKMAN (NZ) G 6 Joseph Pride 14 54kg 5.5
15 32x528x430 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 5 Danny O’Brien 15 54kg 5.5
16 x8x00x5356 VOW AND DECLARE G 7 Danny O’Brien 16 54kg 5.5
17 2516x7x594 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 17 53kg 6.5
18 x33219x700 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 6 Symon Wilde 18 51.5kg 6.5
19 111213×070 DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) G 5 Phillip Stokes 19 53kg 6.5
20 2721712382 ARAPAHO (FR) G 6 Bjorn Baker 20 52.5kg 7
21 11119×9000 CRYSTAL PEGASUS (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 21 52kg 7.5
22 2219×92117 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 22 51.5kg 1.5kg 8
23 53x35x1581 EMISSARY (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney 23 51.5kg 0.5kg 8
24 51x006x033 REALM OF FLOWERS M 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 24 50kg 8.5
25 9x25x34161 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 25 50kg 9.5
26 11144×6536 INTERPRETATION (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 26 50kg 9.5
27 1x01x91423 MAKRAM (IRE) G 6 Ben & JD Hayes 27 50kg 9.5
28 432164×768 KING OF THE CASTLE (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 28 50kg 9.5
29 x786x0x090 SERPENTINE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 29 53.5kg 6
30 x0036x8400 CHAPADA G 7 Michael Moroney 30 52.5kg 7
31 883x28x605 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 7 Matt Cumani 31 51.5kg 8
32 346x81x960 SCHABAU (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott 32 50kg 9.5

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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