British stayer Duretto, the fourth-placed finisher in the Caulfield Cup, is out of the 2018 Melbourne Cup.

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”.

Duretto had finished fourth in the Caulfield Cup at his Australian debut behind Best Solution.

Sir Charles Road, third in Wednesday’s Bendigo Cup, now moves into the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field and is rated a $151 chance with Sportsbet.

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