Daily Star - - Star Sport - By CHRIS GOULD­ING

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

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