Ispolini wins at Meydan in February (Image: Godolphin)

RV Stewards' Report - Ispolini

Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards have tonight ordered the withdrawal of Ispolini from the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup on 5 November at Flemington acting upon veterinary advice.

Stewards received a RV veterinary report advising that Ispolini would not be fit to compete in the Melbourne Cup if it was held on the day of final acceptances closing (Saturday, 2 November 2019) as stated within the conditions of the race.

Ispolini was referred to the University of Melbourne Equine Clinic to undergo a standing CT scan across the weekend after showing signs of soreness upon inspection by RV veterinarians. The results of the standing CT scan indicated pre-fracture pathology within the horse’s right front cannon bone.

Having considered the RV veterinary report, in addition to veterinary reports submitted by trainer Charlie Appleby, Stewards acting under AR20(d) have ordered the withdrawal of the horse from the Melbourne Cup.

Stewards made their decision to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Ispolini, along with his potential competitors and riders.

Mr Appleby has been advised of the Stewards’ decision.