Tom Melbourne out of G1 Emirates Stakes

The field for the $2 million Group One Emirates Stakes at Flemington has been reduced to 13 runners after the scratching of Tom Melbourne.

The Chris Waller-trained Tom Melbourne was withdrawn from Saturday’s weight-for-age race on Friday due to lameness in his right foreleg.

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Tom Melbourne, who was second in last Saturday’s Group One Kennedy Mile, is one of two early scratchings from the Emirates Stakes.

The Charlie Appleby-trained Folkswood is favourite for the 2000m race at $4.80 after his last-start third to Winx and Humidor in the Cox Plate.