Trainer disputes scan findings on Marmelo

English trainer Hughie Morrison disputes the results of scans on Marmelo which have prompted his withdrawal from the Melbourne Cup.

Racing Victoria stewards said the results of a standing CT scan indicated Marmelo had incomplete fractures in his near fore and off hind cannon bones.

On Wednesday, they ordered his withdrawal from the Cup along with Godolphin’s Ispolini who had an issue with a right front cannon bone.

Morrison said stewards should have inspected Marmelo, runner-up in last year’s Cup, before he left Newmarket.

The trainer said he had sent the scan to an international expert in England who disputed RV’s interpretation.

“We have leading experts on this so-called condition and they don’t agree with the findings,” Morrison told RSN 927.

“The whole process has been badly handled. They approved him to come here.”

One of the horse’s owners, John O’Neill, said they would look at legal avenues to try to get Marmelo reinstated.

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