MORRISON CUP HOPE
TOP trainer Hughie Morrison, fighting to save his career after his filly Our Little Sister tested positive for steroids, plans to run his talented Marmelo in the Melbourne Cup.
However, this project many not get off the ground if Morrison fails to clear his name with the British Horseracing Authority, who are expected to take the initial steps for an inquiry at the end of next month.
Morrison, 56, who has sent out over 780 winners in a 20-year period, has offered a reward of £10,000 for information that will clear his name.
Our Little Sister tested positive after she finished last at Wolverhampton in January. If Morrison fails to clear his name he could face losing his licence.
Marmelo, a 33-1 chance with Ladbrokes for the race ‘that stops the nation’ in November, is unlikely to run before arriving in Australia. “Ideally, we’d like to run him in a couple of weeks in the Irish St Leger,” said Morrison about his four-year-old who was an impressive winner at Deauville earlier in the month.
“One mustn’t forget the Melbourne Cup is a handicap and if we ran too close to Order Of St George and Big Orange, that could be the end of our chances in Melbourne.
“We might have to wait until we get to Australia before he runs next.”
Morrison is not ruling out a prep race in Australia, but the competitive Caulfield Cup is not currently on the agenda.
“You can go out there at the beginning of October or the middle of October,” he said.
“If you go out at the beginning you can run in one of the trials.
“Obviously there’s the Caulfield Cup, but I wouldn’t be that keen to go for it as it’s only 18 days before the Melbourne Cup.
“The owners are very keen to go and, hopefully, we can still find some improvement from him.”
FIGHTING ON: Morrison still battling to clear his name