2010 Caulfield Cup Scratchings – Zabrasive and Master O’Reilly Ruled Out

October 15th, 2010

Two of the emergencies in the 2010 Caulfield Cup field will gain a start in Saturday’s showdown following the early scratching of the John O’Shea-trained Zabrasive and veteran stayer Master O’Reilly.

Suffering a minor leg injury, Randwick-based trainer O’Shea has ruled Zabrasive out of the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) this Saturday following veterinary advice.

With the Caulfield track set to be rated Slow or Heavy for this Saturday, O’Shea couldn’t take the risk of running Zabrasive and will spell the four-year-old Zabeel gelding for four months.

Be wary of backing Mourayan as connections may scratch the runner with the Caulfield track set to be rated an unsuitable Slow or Heavy

O’Shea now has just one starter in the Caulfield Cup with his Sydney Cup winner Jessicabeel drawn in barrier 20, an outside chance currently at $81 to win through Ladbrokes.com.au.

In place of Zabrasive, first emergency Mourayan will gain a start, the Lloyd Williams-owned runner drawn in barrier five and currently paying $19 to win at Ladbrokes.com.au despite connections still considering scratching him from the race due to the wet track.

Second emergency Red Ruler has also moved into the 2010 Caulfield Cup field in barrier one after the Danny O’Brien-trained Master O’Reilly suffered a bout of colic and was also scratched.

Master O’Reilly has been treated and will head towards a run in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) on Cox Plate Day Saturday week instead.

Mark Kavanagh’s Melbourne Cup winner Shocking is still at the top of the Caulfield Cup betting markets, firming into $5.50.

Other early favourites include Metal Bender at $7 and Herculian Prince paying $7.50.

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Update: Third emergency Drunken Sailor has been scratched from the 2010 Caulfield Cup with a hoof injury leaving Valdemoro as the only emergency for Saturday.