Durston, Caulfield Cup winner, out of Melbourne Cup

Caulfield Cup winner Durston has been ruled out of the Melbourne Cup by Racing Victoria's vet panel after failing a CT scan.

RV announced the decision to not allow the Chris Waller-trained star to contest the race on Thursday morning.

The decision will be a significant blow for champion hoop Damien Oliver, who was in the middle of a rigorous fitness campaign to get down to 53.5kg to ride Durston in the race.

In a statement, RV said: "In accordance with the conditions of the race, Durston was presented at the University of Melbourne Equine Centre in Werribee on Friday, 21 October for compulsory CT scans of its distal limbs.

"Reports received from the members of the international imaging panel who reviewed Durston’s CT scan results indicate that the horse is at heightened risk of injury.

"Acting on the specialist advice received from the international imaging panel, trainer Chris Waller has been informed by RV Veterinary Services that Durston is unsuitable to compete in the 2022 Lexus Melbourne Cup.

"Accordingly, Durston will not feature among the final acceptances for the Lexus Melbourne Cup when taken at 4.30pm (AEDT) on Saturday, 29 October 2022."

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