Melbourne Cup 2019:

Top Irish trainer Willie Mullins has declared himself firmly behind Racing Victoria’s safety push to ensure that no horses with even the slightest concern over their physical condition can run in the spring carnival’s great races.

There was a major row in the lead up to this year’s Melbourne Cup when Racing Victoria officials scratched the fancied English galloper Marmelo less than a week before the Cup following a CT scan.

Marmelo’s owners and trainer, UK-based Hugh Morrison, protested that the scan merely showed up a pre-existing injury which had not hindered the horse in many high class races earlier in his career, including last year’s Melbourne Cup, when he ran second to Cross Counter.

But Mullins, who was landing his first ever winner in Australia when True Self won at Flemington on Saturday, said RV had done the right thing given the scrutiny racing now faces not just in Australia but also in the US, where opposition to the sport following fatalities at Santa Anita is growing, and parts of Europe.


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