‘Barman’ Out of Cup With Temp

Three-time G1 Melbourne Cup starter Who Shot Thebarman (NZ) (Yamanin Vital {NZ}), the 2014 G1 Auckland Cup hero and last out G2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup victor, will not compete in this year’s A$6.2-million G1 Emirates Melbourne Cup, after spiking a temperature Sunday morning. The Chris Waller trainee’s best previous finish was a third in 2014. He ran fifth last term.

“This afternoon when returning to the stables, Who Shot Thebarman presented with an elevated temperature and due to the level of elevation, I have no option but to withdraw the horse from the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup,” Waller told Racing Victoria Chief Steward Terry Bailey in a Sunday email. “It is obviously a great disappointment to the owners, my staff and I, however, the welfare of the horse comes first and for that reason, he must be scratched from Tuesday’s race.”

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