Green Moon, winner of the 2012 Melbourne Cup, will not take his place in the 2014 field after sustaining a cracked hoof. The Lloyd Williams owned stayer will not be a final acceptor in the field which will be released this afternoon.
His withdrawal elevates Unchain My Heart into the top 24 in the Cup's order of entry. The Hayes and Dabernig prepared stayer was set to compete in today's Lexus Stakes in an attempt to make the field, but was scratched and will head straight to Tuesday's big one.
Unchain My Heart is $151 to win the Melbourne Cup with Sportingbet.
Also scratched from the Lexus today was English stayer Lord Van Percy due to lameness and Ciaron Maher's Marksmanship.