Kiwi (Sir) Charles Road is now 24th and tenuously holding the final position on the list of entry for the Melbourne Cup after British stayer Duretto, the fourth-placed finisher in the Caulfield Cup, was pulled out.
The Andrew Balding-trained stayer had been ruled out of the spring carnival after tests revealed the horse had sustained a stress fracture in his left foreleg
Duretto was as short as $26 in some Melbourne Cup betting markets.
Co-trainer Andrew Scott said celebrations at Wexford were on hold as Charles Road could still drop out of the 24 courtesy of late qualifiers.
Charles Road ran a slashing third in Wednesday’s Bendigo Cup.
Scott said he and Lance O’Sullivan had pretty much settled on a jockey if Charles Road survives the cut. He wouldn’t disclose his name but it was likely to be an Australian.
Charles Road is 100-1 on the TAB ‘s futures market to win Tuesday’s race but that price will crash if he makes the field.
Another contender, Red Verdon, has a heel injury and missed trackwork today.