Mercury (Hobart)

PRINCE OF ARRAN ‘HAPPY TO RETIRE’

- GILBERT GARDINER

ENGLISH trainer Charlie Fellowes has retired Prince Of Arran after the three-time Melbourne Cup placegette­r ran last of five at Kempton on Saturday.

Fellowes, a vocal critic of the new Cup conditions placed on English and Irish stayers, revealed Racing Victoria knocked back Prince Of Arran as “too high risk” after the compulsory veterinary screening.

“Australia is not on the cards, sadly,” Fellowes said.

“It’s been well documented the restrictio­ns getting over to Australia have been greatly lifted this year and the vets in Australia have decided he is too high risk to take over.”

Prince Of Arran completed the enhanced veterinary testing process last month, including the compulsory but contentiou­s nuclear scintigrap­hy – full body bone scan.

“So with that (a fourth Melbourne Cup attempt) off the cards I just feel it’s (retirement) the best thing for him now, he has been a superstar for me,” Fellowes told Racing TV.

“He doesn’t owe us anything.”

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