Racing Victoria stewards late on Wednesday advised that 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 lame in his left foreleg following a track gallop at the Werribee quarantine centre on Saturday and a series of tests were conducted to assess whether the galloper could run in the Melbourne Cup.
Duretto was as short as $26 in some Melbourne Cup betting markets.
“After receiving the results of tests conducted today at the University of Melbourne (UoM) Equine Centre, which included nerve blocks and x-rays, Mr Balding took the decision to withdraw Durretto from Tuesday’s $7.3 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington,” an RV stewards’ statement read.
It came despite earlier bone scans not revealing any “identifiable issues”.