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Marmelo Racing Career Could Be Over
Owner Ozzie Kheir, who has shares in some of Australia’s highest profile racehorses, remains deeply unhappy with the Marmelo imbroglio that unfolded ahead of the $8 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup. According to dailytelegraph.com.au, Kheir is “accusing Racing Victoria of virtually pressuring the 2018 Melbourne Cup runner-up into retirement”. Following Marmelo’s withdrawal from the Melbourne Cup on the basis that a Racing Victoria CT Scan had “indicated an incomplete fracture in the horse’s near fore cannon bone and an incomplete fracture in its off hind cannon bone”, Kheir’s frustration is that “Racing Victoria have done such a good job with the reporting of the injury and getting it out there internationally that it is now making his life very difficult from a racing point of view. They are giving other racing jurisdictions cause for concern.” Still adamant that Marmelo’s condition has not changed from the horse that competed in the Cup with aplomb, Kheir said, “The fact is the issue was there two years ago and will be there still in two years. There’s nothing wrong with the horse. He’ll probably head back to Europe and do his racing in France and the UK.” Failing that, Marmelo could go to stud. Legal action is still being considered against Racing Victoria.